Andrew Cuomo ordered to turn over $5.1 million from pandemic book deal to AG’s office

Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) received another round of bad news this week, and this time, it affected his pocketbook.

According to the Washington Examiner, in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal, in which he was accused by multiple women of inappropriate behavior, the former governor has been ordered to return a staggering $5.1 million from a book deal he secured detailing his so-called leadership during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order was announced on Tuesday after the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics ruled in a 12–1 vote that Cuomo returns the money to New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office.

The book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic, was authored during a time when the former governor was a liberal media darling due to his daily press conferences on pandemic updates.

Backlash from Cuomo’s camp

Not surprisingly, Cuomo’s lawyers immediately cried foul on the news, calling such an order “unconstitutional.”

“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” said Cuomo’s attorney, Jim McGuire.

The lawyer doubled down, vowing action if the AG’s office enforces the ruling. “Should they seek to enforce this action, we’ll see them in court,” McGuire added.

According to the ethics commission’s order, the disgraced ex-governor has 30 days to surrender the large sum of money, though it was not made clear what could happen if he refuses.

Skepticism grows

It’s not only Cuomo’s legal counsel throwing a red flag on the play, as other New York legal experts and attorneys have expressed doubts over whether the commission has the authority to order such a monumental financial surrender.

“If they had bothered to read the sections [of law] they cite, they would have seen there’s absolutely no authority for issuing an order, whatever the order is,” said Albany-area lawyer and ethics expert David Grandeau.

Other Cuomo spokespeople have accused the commission of “acting outside the scope of their authority and [were] carrying the water of the politicians who appointed them.”

Only time will tell if Cuomo ends up turning over the book deal windfall, but it looks as though there are many legal battles ahead before it gets to that point.

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