New York Congressman Makes Quiet Courthouse Appearance

Rep. Pete King shows up for an old friend facing charges.

A New York congressman quietly sat in on a friend's local trial in an alleged abuse of power, a source in Nassau County told BuzzFeed Friday.

King's spokesman confirmed that the veteran Long Island politician sat in the gallery at the trial of William Flanagan, a former second deputy police commission who is fighting conspiracy and misconduct charges in an alleged coverup of a friend's son's burglary.

"Bill Flanagan is a close personal friend and I worked very closely with him on Homeland Security issues when he was with the Nassau County Police Department," King spokesman Kevin Fogarty told BuzzFeed.

Prosecutors charge that Flanagan and two former colleagues sought (unsuccessfully) to help the young man avoid charges for stealing $11,000 from his Bellmore in 2009.

King worked as a Nassau County prosecutor before seeking public office.