The Moreland Commission on Public Corruption must remain independent of outside influence in order for it to succeed, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a radio interview this morning.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who deputized the commission members for the anti-corruption panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told host Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom that the panel can still succeed and be “an important vehicle for reform.”

“To succeed, the commission has to be independent,” Schneiderman said.

“We should just let the commissioners do what they have to do,” he added.

The panel has come under fire for reportedly halting subpoenas aimed at allies of Cuomo on the Real Estate Board of New York, the Joint Commission on Public Corruption and state Democratic Committee, which has run ads backing the governor’s agenda this year.

Allegations that Cuomo’s staff has meddled with the process of issuing subpoenas have also surfaced, which the governor has denied, though he has said his staff has worked with commission members.

The Moreland Commission was created in July by the governor after a string of corruption arrests this spring.

The panel is composed district attorneys and legal scholars selected by Cuomo and Schneiderman.

An effort to obtain more information on legislators’ outside income and legal clients was rebuffed by attorneys for the Assembly and the Senate, while the panel so far has declined to subpoena sitting lawmakers themselves.

Cuomo is also reportedly seeking something of an escape hatch from the messy situation, and good-government advocates believe the panel may close up shop early and suggest a constitutional amendment for public financing of political campaigns.

Updated: And the state GOP is renewing its call to have Schneiderman recuse himself from “any and all investigations” involving the commission.

From spokesman David Laska:

“We’re glad that Eric Schneiderman agrees that the Moreland Act Commission needs to be independent in order to succeed. Of course, one of the Commission’s foremost obstacle to independence is … Eric Schneiderman. Rather than review and quash the Commission’s subpoenas, the Attorney General should recuse himself from any and all investigations. We repeat our call for him to do so immediately.”