New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) could soon be facing criminal prosecution, Breitbart reports.
This past week, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report, from a five-month-long independent investigation, that found no less than 11 credible allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo. The allegations, which come from current and former state employees, range from unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging to inappropriate comments.
In making her announcement, James said, “this is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law.”
Despite this fact – that Cuomo, in James’ opinion, “broke the law” – James said that she would not be bringing criminal charges against Cuomo. Why, remains unclear. But, now, it appears that other prosecutors are picking up the slack.
Breitbart reports that four New York district attornies are currently determining whether or not to bring criminal charges against Cuomo. These district attornies are from Manhattan, Albany, Nassau, and Westchester County.
All of these district attornies have asked James to hand over any evidence that she has on Cuomo. They will then use that evidence, along with any other evidence that they may be able to gather on their own, to determine whether Cuomo broke any laws.
And, unlike James, if these district attornies find that Cuomo has broken the law, they appear poised to prosecute.
Following the release of James’ report, Cuomo broadcasted a pre-recorded video in which he denied any wrongdoing on his part.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately, or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said. “I am 63-years-old. I lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am and that is now who I have ever been. It’s important to me that you fully understand that.”
If Cuomo is taken to court, we’ll have to see if his denial holds up. Some of Cuomo’s accusers have already publicly stated that, in their minds, it does not.
On top of this, there is a growing, bipartisan push for Cuomo to either retire or to be impeached. So, if he is taken to court, it might be as the ex-New York governor. But, given that Cuomo has already weathered this storm once, this might all just be wishful thinking.