Prosecutors have rejected claims that authorities tried to pressure a former fundraiser for New York City's comptroller into helping "manufacture'' a case against the comptroller.
The U.S. Attorney's office filed papers in Manhattan federal court Wednesday offering a defense of the tactics used in the probe that's led to the indictments of the former fundraiser, Xing Wu Pan, and an ex-campaign treasurer for Liu.
Both defendants declined to comment on the government's filing, according to The New York Times.
They have both pleaded not guilty.
Last month, Pan's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss charged against him based on "outrageous'' conduct by the government.
The government asked the judge to deny the motion to dismiss the charges.
Liu, a potential mayoral candidate, hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.