Cuomo Digs In, Shows No Sign Of Heeding Calls To Resign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has dug in for the battle of his political life regardless of the specter of potential legal investigations and widespread requires his impeachment over findings that he sexually harassed 11 girls, together with shut aides.

Scores of Democrats, together with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a few previous Cuomo loyalists, have urged him to depart workplace or face an impeachment battle he most likely can not win.

About two-thirds of state Assembly members have already stated they favor an impeachment trial if he refuses to resign. Nearly all 63 members of the state Senate have known as for Cuomo to step down or be eliminated.

Cuomo’s closest allies say they doubt that he’ll stop.

“My sense is from what I’m hearing is he’s still looking for ways to fight this and get his side of the story out,” state Democratic social gathering Chairman Jay Jacobs stated in an interview with The Associated Press. But Jacobs added: “I just think that he’s going to, at some point, see that the political support is just not anywhere near enough to even make an attempt worthwhile.”

The governor’s legal professionals have promised what is going to probably be a drawn-out battle to remain in workplace.

“I am not aware of the governor having plans to resign,” Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin instructed CNN on Saturday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks on the phone while walking with his dog Captain at the New York state Executive Mansion, Saturday, Au

Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks on the telephone whereas strolling together with his canine Captain on the New York state Executive Mansion, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. An investigation discovered that Cuomo sexually harassed a number of girls out and in of state authorities. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Cuomo — who for months stated the general public could be “shocked” as soon as he shared his facet of the story — has not spoken publicly because the launch of a 168-page report written by two impartial attorneys who have been chosen by the state legal professional basic to analyze.

A feminine government assistant who accused Cuomo of groping her stated Sunday that what the governor did to her was a criminal offense. She was the primary girl to file a legal grievance in opposition to Cuomo.

In her first public interview through which she recognized herself, Brittany Commisso instructed “CBS This Morning” and the Albany Times-Union that the governor “needs to be held accountable.”

Commisso has stated Cuomo reached below her shirt and fondled her once they have been alone in a room on the Executive Mansion final 12 months and on one other event rubbed her rear finish whereas they posed for a photograph.

“He broke the law,” she stated in an excerpt of an interview scheduled to be aired in full on Monday.

Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple speaks during a news conference concerning new complaint allegations against New York Go

Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple speaks throughout a information convention regarding new grievance allegations in opposition to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Cuomo’s attorneys have centered his protection on attacking the credibility and motives of his accusers. Glavin has additionally blasted the investigation overseen by Attorney General Letitia James for not offering its findings and transcripts to Cuomo legal professionals forward of time, and for not together with extra materials favorable to Cuomo within the report.

“It was shoddy. It was biased. It omits evidence, and it was an ambush,” Glavin stated.

Dozens of state lawmakers who have been as soon as hesitant to name for Cuomo’s resignation or impeachment instructed the AP in latest interviews that they have been swayed by the heft of the report.

“I think the majority of us feel that the governor is not in a position to lead the state any longer, and that’s not a temporary position,” stated Assembly member John McDonald, a Democrat whose district contains Albany.

Exterior view of the New York state Executive Mansion, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Exterior view of the New York state Executive Mansion, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Cuomo has flat-out denied that he ever touched anybody inappropriately, however he acknowledged hugging and kissing aides and different people.

Glavin stated it’s clear to Cuomo that individuals who “worked for him felt that he was invading their space and that it was unwanted.”

“He doesn’t believe it was inappropriate,” Glavin stated. “He has seen what these women have said, and he does feel badly about this.”

Meanwhile, the state Assembly’s judiciary committee deliberate to satisfy Monday to debate when to conclude its monthslong investigation into whether or not there are grounds to question Cuomo.

The investigation has targeted on sexual harassment and misconduct, the administration’s previous refusal to launch what number of nursing home residents died of COVID-19, the usage of state assets for Cuomo’s $5 million e book deal and efforts to prioritize COVID-19 exams for the governor’s internal circle in spring 2020, when testing was scarce.

Some lawmakers need an impeachment vote in days, however committee members say the probe might wrap up in a month. State legislation requires not less than 30 days between an Assembly impeachment vote and Senate impeachment trial.

Assembly member Amanda Septimo known as for urgency.

“What we need to do the soonest is to get Cuomo out of power because of the way he uses it, like a weapon,” the Bronx Democrat stated.

Democrats are more and more apprehensive about how Cuomo will have an effect on political races in New York and doubtlessly nationally, Septimo stated.

“I’m willing to put money on how soon we see Cuomo’s face on an attack mailer somewhere in Ohio,” she stated. “I feel like everyone’s calculus is bigger than themselves at this point, besides the governor.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would take over for Cuomo if a majority of the 150-member Assembly votes to question him.

Cuomo championed a sweeping legislation he signed in 2019 that mandated anti-harassment coaching, prolonged the statute of limitations and declared that accusers shouldn’t have to show they have been handled otherwise than different staff. It additionally lowered New York’s commonplace for sexual harassment to incorporate undesirable conduct that rises above the extent of “petty slights and trivial inconveniences.”

Many lawmakers have criticized the governor for failing to acknowledge that his unwelcome remarks and touching violated his administration’s personal definition of sexual harassment, which relies on how an individual feels regardless of the perpetrator’s intent.

Cuomo additionally faces scrutiny from federal prosecutors over his administration’s dealing with of COVID-19 nursing home information. And the state ethics fee is trying into the identical points that the Assembly is investigating.

In addition, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple stated Saturday that Cuomo might face misdemeanor expenses if investigators substantiate Commisso’s grievance. At least 5 district attorneys have requested for supplies from the legal professional basic’s inquiry to see if any of the allegations might end in legal expenses.

The investigation concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed a state trooper with undesirable touching and suggestive remarks, a beforehand unknown account. Investigators discovered that the governor wished to assign the trooper to his safety element after briefly assembly her, regardless that she lacked {qualifications} for the job.

Cuomo plans to deal with the allegation “very, very soon,” Glavin stated.

She defended the governor’s curiosity as an effort to extend range after he discovered the trooper “impressive” for sustaining eye contact with him in a dialog.


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