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By Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg News (TNS)

NEW YORK — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver surrendered to the FBI in lower Manhattan Thursday, where he was placed under arrest, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Sheldon Silver faces corruption charges linked to payments from a law firm that specializes in seeking reductions of real estate taxes, the New York Times reported.

The Times, citing people with knowledge of the investigation, said details on the charges or total amounts of payments weren’t clear.

The arrest of Silver, who has been speaker for more than two decades, would likely throw the state capital of Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session of the assembly, according to the Times. State lawmakers who are arrested can continue in their job, although they are required to leave office if convicted of a felony.

Silver, 70, a Democrat, was in Albany on Wednesday where he attended Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address and had a prominent seat on the stage, the Times said. It’s not clear where Silver, who is from Manhattan, would be taken into custody, the newspaper said.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the office of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, didn’t immediately respond to phone messages from Bloomberg News seeking comment.

Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Silver, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Times named Joel Cohen as Silver’s lawyer. The attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Silver failed to list payments from the law firm Goldberg & Iryami on his annual financial disclosure filings with the state, as required, the Times said.

Last month, Silver didn’t respond to questions about the investigation or his relationship with Goldberg & Iryami, including how he had been paid by the firm, when the payments began and what work he did, the Times said. In the past, he has maintained that he had properly disclosed all of his income, the newspaper said.

Silver took home at least an additional $650,000 as an attorney with the firm Weitz & Luxenberg, according to his 2013 financial-disclosure filings.
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Bloomberg reporter Freeman Klopott in Albany contributed to this report.

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Proud Boys demonstrator

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Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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