Cuomo suggests sexual harassment probe is politically motivated

New York Gov. cast doubt Monday on the independence of the investigators leading the state probe into the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Speaking to reporters, Cuomo said that people will be ‘shocked’ at how the probe was being handled, and suggested that the investigation may be politically motivated. 

‘I’m very eager to get the facts to the people of this state and I think that when they hear the actual facts of what happened and how this situation has been handled I think they will be shocked,’ Cuomo said Monday.

‘Shocked because at the end of the day, the truth wins and facts win.’ 

The comments came after Cuomo faced questioning under oath on Friday by outside lawyers hired by state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.

But on Monday, he declined to say what was discussed on Friday, and instead, raised concerns about those leading the investigation.  

‘I have concerns as to the independence of the reviewers,’ he said.

‘That’s what I’ve said, and as politics, is this happening in a political system? Yes, that is undeniable.’

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Andrew Cuomo cast doubt Monday on the independence of the outside reviewers hired to lead the state probe into the sexual harassment allegations against him, and said people will be ‘shocked’ when the find out how the probe has been handled

When asked why Cuomo appeared to be questioning the reliability of the investigators hired in the probe, he replied, ‘Look at who the independent investigators are.

Google the independent reviewers and tell me what you see.’ 

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James has hired former Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim and Anne Clark, a leading employment lawyer, to lead the probe.   

The New York Post reported that Cuomo prepped with his own lawyers for the questioning which is set to take place in Albany at an unknown time.

Cuomo, who has publicly denied any wrongdoing, is being represented by Rita Glavin, a former US Department of Justice official.

The investigation is being overseen by Attorney General Letitia James, pictured

The state hired two outside lawyers, Joon H.

Kim, left, and Anne L. Clark, right, to lead the investigation into Cuomo. Kim and Clark are expected to interview Cuomo, 63, in Albany on Saturday four months after investigations into him began

Cuomo hired Glavin to represent him as claims of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior started to mount against him earlier this year.

On Friday it was revealed that he used $285,000 of campaign funds to pay Glavin after publicly saying he would not foot his legal bills with campaign money.

During the early days of the pandemic, Cuomo was lauded for his handling of the crisis in the virus epicenter of the world, with his daily press briefings even earning him an Emmy.

But the governor’s reputation has unraveled in recent months as nine women have now come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Cuomo hired Glavin (pictured) to represent him as claims of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior started to mount against him earlier this year

Documents filed Friday with the state Board of Elections reveal the New York governor paid lawyer Rita Glavin $111,774 on May 3 for https://wisataterindah.net/ ‘professional services’ and another $173,098 on June 2

Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations saying he ‘never touched anyone inappropriately’ and ‘never made any inappropriate advances’ but has apologized for making anyone feel ‘uncomfortable.’

Meanwhile, he has also been rocked by the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal and pointed questions have arisen over the writing of his controversial memoir and the alleged special treatment afforded to his friends and family in the early days of the pandemic.

Kim and Clark are expected to interview Cuomo four months after the investigations into him began, and is a sign that the probe is coming to an end. 

Investigators were always expected to speak with Cuomo, who said at the start of the probe in March that he would ‘fully cooperate.’ Cuomo is also facing an impeachment inquiry in the state assembly.

Kim and Clark have gathered testimony from several of the women who have accused him as part of the investigation.

Cuomo initially apologized and said he ‘learned an important lesson’ about his behavior around women, though he’s since denied he did anything wrong and questioned the motivations of accusers.

He has also rebuffed calls to step aside over the allegations.

‘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,’ Cuomo senior advisor Richard Azzopardi said.

Lindsay Boylan, 36, was the first woman to accuse the governor in social media posts back in December.

She worked for Cuomo’s team from March 2015 to October 2018. 

Boylan claims the governor kissed her on the lips and suggested they play a game of strip poker.   

The governor has denied these allegations. 

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him – she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office last June 

She also claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him

Anna Ruch has  accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

Karen Hinton (left), a press aide, and Jessica Bakeman accused Cuomo of inappropriate actions

After she came forward with the accusations, the governor’s office released her personnel records which included disciplinary recommendations against her and allegations of bullying.

Boylan has said her personnel material was leaked in an effort to smear her.  

Since she came forward, at least eight other women have accused the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, including former aide Alyssa McGrath, told The New York Times Cuomo had flirted with her, looked down her shirt and commented on her appearance by calling her ‘beautiful’ in Italian.

Azzopardi’s statement Thursday was the second time that Cuomo’s top spokesperson has claimed that James, also a Democrat, and her probe were politically motivated.

In April, Azzopardi blasted James for confirming that her office was also investigating whether Cuomo broke the law by having members of his staff help write and promote his recent memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic’.

‘Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest‎,’ Azzopardi said at the time.

Some of Cuomo’s top allies in the state legislature have called on the public to await the results of James’ investigation and not to undermine her integrity.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, said he trusts the independent investigators selected by James, and said that ‘their credibility and professionalism can’t be questioned.’

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