From the Morning Memo:

Sen. Jeff Klein does not expect the ongoing federal investigation into Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to be a distraction from the remaining six weeks of the legislative session.

Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference who shared the Senate presidency for two years with Skelos, said in a Capital Tonight interview on Tuesday that the Skelos situation is a matter for the Senate GOP.

“Right now, we don’t know, it’s just news reports, but I’m sure it’s not going to stop us from continuing to do what the people expect us to do,” Klein said.

Klein pointedly noted the Republicans have their own separate conference.

“I don’t comment on other conferences,” he said. “This is something that the Republican conference is going to have to handle and I really have no say in the matter.”

Klein, a Bronx Democrat, noted the IDC took quick action when one of its own, Queens Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith, was arrested on charges that he sought to bribe his way on to the New York City mayoral ballot.

“When this happened in within our conference a couple of years ago with the case of Malcolm Smith, we moved swiftly,” Klein said. “We moved swiftly upon an indictment, upon an arrest and we booted Malcolm Smith and stripped him of his committee chair and his leadership. That’s what I’m responsible for — the members of the Independent Democratic Conference.”

Republican lawmakers,meanwhile, have insisted they continue to support Skelos, who is under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, along with his adult son Adam.

Senate Republicans gained an outright majority last year and the power-sharing agreement between Klein and Skelos essentially ended.

But Klein has been kept close by Senate Republicans: IDC members retained committee chairmanships and the ability to bring some bills to the floor for a vote.

The IDC could be an important player given the razor-thin majority the GOP maintains in the chamber.