State Republican Chairman Ed Cox on Monday morning called for an investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics over his use of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in order to gain an agreement on a package of anti-corruption measures.

Cox in the statement seizes on the comments made by Cuomo at Crain’s, when he noted the Moreland Commission — along with its subpoena power — was under his control when it came to appointing or disbanding the panel.

“It’s not a legal question. The Moreland Commission was my commission,” Cuomo told the Crain’s editorial baord. “It’s my commission. My subpoena power, my Moreland Commission. I can appoint it, I can disband it. I appoint you, I can un-appoint you tomorrow.

Cox is also pointing to the reported involvement by Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, in directing subpoenas by the commission.

“When Andrew Cuomo channeled Louis IX and said, ‘I am the government,’ New York laughed; when, with a voice dripping with disdain, he said that certain conservatives ‘have no place in the State of New York,’ New York disavowed his words. But the allegation by a respected reporter that the Governor’s Secretary interfered with a criminal investigation into fundraising by the Governor’s supporters and the Governor’s statement last week to an editorial board that he can turn the prosecutorial powers of the State on and off for political purposes, and his inadvertent admission that he actually did so, cross a line that warrants investigation by the United States Attorney and and certainly an ethical inquiry by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Such arrogance of power has no place in New York politics.”

The ethics agreement struck by Cuomo and the Legislature last month included new enforcement at the state Board of Elections that would investigate campaign finance violations.

Following the agreement, Cuomo announced the commission would disband, noting that he had always planned to end the panel once an agreement was in place on ethics reform.

The commission withdrew its subpoenas of lawmakers’ outside income and business interests last week, court documents show.