Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino on Wednesday told reporters that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption for “political purposes”

However, he did not reiterate the unsubstantiated charge he leveled on Tuesday in an online video that Cuomo’s office was being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for reportedly involving itself in the panel’s work.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, clarified that it was a “powerful statement” that Bharara believes the commission ended too early, somewhat clarified his criticism of Cuomo when it comes to the commission.

“There’s a major cloud that is hanging above Andrew Cuomo’s head…for political purposes he stopped what should’ve been an investigation that continued to see where corruption and ethics violations and where that was leading,” Astorino said according to our NY1 colleagues. “He stopped that abruptly. The US Attorney made a very, I think, powerful statement that that shouldn’t have happened. And that he’s looking into it. As he should. And that’s all I’m saying. We should see where this goes. Because we are the most corrupt state in America and if it was leading to the governor’s office, we should have answers why he abruptly stopped that.”

Cuomo, speaking with reporters in Albany, said it was the plan “all along” to end the commission once an ethics agreement was struck with the state Legislature.

“I said once they passed ethics reform, that we would disband the Moreland Commission. They did pass ethics reform… and when they passed we disbanded the commission as we said.”