An investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo physically pestered almost twelve women all through state government and worked to retaliate against one of his informers, New York’s principal legal officer has reported, rushing calls for the Democrat’s resignation or impeachment.
President Joe Biden was among the individuals who said Cuomo ought to resign, a high-profile condemnation from an onetime close partner.
“I figure he ought to resign,” he told reporters Tuesday.
Lead representative Andrew Cuomo remained defiant, saying in a taped response to the discoveries that “the realities are very different than what has been depicted” and that he “never touched anybody improperly or made unseemly lewd gestures.”
The almost five-month investigation, driven by two outside lawyers, concluded that 11 women who said that Cuomo had touched them improperly, remarked on their appearance or made interesting remarks about their sexual experiences were coming clean.
Those informers included an aide who said Cuomo grabbed her breast at the lead representative’s mansion and a state trooper on his security detail, who said he ran his hand or fingers across her stomach and her back.
Anne Clark, who drove the probe with former US Attorney Joon Kim, said the charges were corroborated to differing degrees, including by different observers and contemporaneous instant messages.
“These meetings and bits of evidence revealed a deeply upsetting yet clear picture: Governor Cuomo physically hassled current and former state representatives disregarding federal and state laws,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Many of the women said they feared retaliation on the off chance that they reported the lead representative’s conduct, agents said. On something like one event, the probe discovered, Cuomo’s staff made a move “intended to discredit and criticize” an informer – Lindsey Boylan, the main former worker to freely blame him for bad behavior – including leaking confidential personnel documents and drafting a letter attacking her credibility.
The investigation’s discoveries, detailed in a 165-page public report, turn up the pressure on the 63-year-old lead representative, who simply a year prior was widely hailed for his steady leadership during the haziest days of the COVID-19 crisis, in any event, composing a book about it.
From that point forward, he’s seen his standing disintegrate with a drumbeat of provocation charges, inquiries in a separate, continuous investigation into whether state resources went into composing the book, and the revelation that his administration covered the genuine number of nursing home deaths during the outbreak.
The revelations, a large portion of which were at first made public the previous winter, prompted a tune of calls then for Cuomo’s resignation from many top elected Democrats in New York. US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said after the report’s release Tuesday that it reinforces a call for his resignation they previously made last March.
“No elected official is exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else. Individuals of New York deserve better leadership in the lead representative’s office. We keep on accepting that the Governor ought to resign,” they said in a joint statement.
While James concluded the investigation without referring the case to prosecutors for possible criminal allegations, nearby specialists could utilize its evidence and discoveries to mount their own cases. Albany District Attorney David Soares said he will request material from James’ office and invited victims to contact his office with information.
The investigation’s discoveries are additionally expected to assume a significant part in a continuous state Assembly investigation into whether there are grounds to arraign Cuomo, who has been fund-raising for a possible fourth term in office. The Assembly hired its own lawful group to research myriad charges regarding badgering, his book, nursing homes and extraordinary admittance to COVID-19 testing.
A few Cuomo informers demanded swifter activity, calling on the lead representative to leave office immediately. Some Democratic and Republican state lawmakers went along with them, alongside one-time Cuomo partners including region chiefs and leaders of left-inclining political groups.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who might succeed Cuomo is he is removed or resigns, called the conduct detailed in the report “repulsive and unlawful conduct” and said, “Nobody is exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.”
In his taped response, Cuomo apologized to two informers: Charlotte Bennett, who said the lead representative inquired as to whether she was available to sex with an older man after she confided in him that she had been a victim of rape, and a woman he kissed at a wedding – an incident reported in a first page story in The New York Times. Cuomo said he was recruiting a specialist to reform lewd behavior preparing for state workers, including the lead representative.
In any case, he denied different charges as manufactured and lashed out at the analytical process, saying it was overflowing with “legislative issues and predisposition.” He clarified that he’s been physically accepting individuals his entire life, that his mom and father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, had done likewise and that the gesture was intended to “pass on warmth.”
Cuomo’s lawyer gave a composed rebuttal to the investigation’s discoveries, contending as a rule that genuine claims, similar to the alleged grabbing, didn’t occur, or that his activities were misjudged.