Citing the ongoing investigation of the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption by the U.S. attorney’s office, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to comment repeatedly when asked by reporters about the matter.

Schneiderman, in Schenectady on Friday afternoon for an announcement on the state’s land bank program, had given the commission members the power of deputy attorneys general — a move meant to give the panel more enforcement power over the state Legislature it was investigating.

The comments were the first from Schneiderman since an extensive New York Times story last week reported on the involvement of the governor’s office in the Moreland Commission.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come under intense scrutiny for his office’s efforts to direct subpoenas from the commission away from politically sensitive areas for the governor.

The problem of the Moreland mess grew this week when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office warned a lawyer for the Moreland commission that contacting commission members and having them alter their recollection of events could constitute witness tampering.

Asked if he had known anything about Cuomo’s office’s involvement in the panel, Schneiderman declined to comment, pointing to the investigation.

“I don’t comment on ongoing investigations,” Schneiderman said. “My office is cooperating with the U.S. attorney and we’ll leave it at that.”

Asked if he had been issued a subpoena in the case, Schneiderman provided a similar answer.

“I’m not going to comment on an ongoing investigation and we have offered our assistance and that’s all I’m going to say,” he said.

He did confirm that he had not hired his own independent counsel in the case and that it isn’t unusual to “cross-designate” different offices the power of deputy attorneys general.

Adding a dose of intrigue to the situation, State of Politics first reported this week that Schneiderman was spotted having lunch in a prominent New York City restaurant with Bharara.

Asked about the lunch, Schneiderman said, “It was delicious.”