Cuomo to be interviewed over sexual harassment allegations, report could come soon

According to the Daily Caller, attorneys Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark will soon interview New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) regarding multiple sexual harassment allegations he was hit with earlier this year, sources told The New York Times.

The attorneys spent the past several weeks gathering information on the allegations and Cuomo, including testimony from his accusers and from some of his staff members.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), who is currently overseeing the investigation, said the probe “will conclude when it concludes,” the Times noted.

Sources close to the investigation said that a report could be released this summer.

No comment, sort of

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said his office preferred not to comment on the AG’s review. However, that didn’t stop him from slamming James’ office for what Cuomo believes is “transparent political motivation.” 

“We have said repeatedly that the Governor doesn’t want to comment on this review until he has cooperated, but the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the Attorney General’s review,” Azzopardi told the Daily Caller.

James’ investigation is only one of two Cuomo is facing. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is also investigating the governor for undercounting and covering up COVID-19-related nursing home deaths after ordering in March that elderly residents be returned to the facilities even though they were still testing positive for the virus.

The DOJ investigation ramped up when top Cuomo aid Melissa DeRosa admitted to the New York state legislature that Cuomo’s administration held back on reporting the death numbers because it feared prosecutors would use the information against him.

Beginning April 28, the administration did not report COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents as nursing home deaths if the residents died in the hospital. The change led to an undercount of nursing home deaths from the virus and made Cuomo look less at fault for the deaths.

Impeachment probe coming

An impeachment probe into Cuomo was authorized by New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) last week and will be led by Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Levine (D).

“I have the utmost faith in Chairman Levine who is an accomplished attorney to handle that. I’m not gonna be deeply involved with that,” Heastie said.

Heastie’s Senate counterpart, Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D), has already called on Cuomo to resign.

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