US: Cuomo to be questioned in sexual harassment investigation

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Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general’s office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo once asked her if she ever had sex with older men. The investigation into the claims is being overseen by Attorney General Letitia James, also a Democrat, who selected an outside law firm to conduct the probe and document its findings in a public report.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to be questioned this weekend as part of an independent state probe into allegations he sexually harassed current and former female aides, according to a report Thursday. Outside lawyers hired by state Attorney General Letitia James plan to interview Cuomo in Albany on Saturday, according to the New York Times. The move may be a sign that the four-month investigation is entering its final stages, the Times said. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi told the Times, “We have said repeatedly that the governor doesn’t want to comment on this review until he has cooperated.”

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed Saturday as the state attorney general's office winds down its investigation into sexual harassment allegations that upended his national reputation and threatened his hold on power as he gears up to run for a fourth term next year.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens during a news conference in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general’s office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion.  The timing of the interview Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Albany was confirmed by two people familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens during a news conference in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general’s office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. The timing of the interview Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Albany was confirmed by two people familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) FILE - This photo from Friday May 21, 2021, shows New York Attorney General Letitia James at a news conference in New York. James is overseeing an interview of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by investigators with the state attorney general's office, who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This photo from Friday May 21, 2021, shows New York Attorney General Letitia James at a news conference in New York. James is overseeing an interview of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by investigators with the state attorney general's office, who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The timing of the interview in Albany, the state’s capital, was confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press by two people familiar with the investigation. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the case and did so on condition of anonymity.

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Andrew Cuomo listens during a news conference in New York on Sept. 14, 2018. Cuomo is expected to be interviewed Saturday by investigators with the state attorney general's office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). Investigators from the New York State Attorney General’s Office are expected to interview Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Saturday as part of the ongoing inquiry into the sexual harassment allegations against him, according to two people familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity

Cuomo , who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, is expected to face questions from investigators on Saturday, which signals that the probe led by two outside lawyers and overseen by New York Attorney General Leticia James, is in its final stages, Fox News has Politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for Cuomo to step down from his post, including from New York Assemblywoman Diana Richardson in March. "The Governor, like anyone else, is entitled to due process under the law and we have full confidence in the Attorney General's ongoing investigation

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.

Saturday's interview signals that investigators are nearly done with their work, which has included interviews with the governor's accusers, though they may need some time to tie up loose ends before a report is issued.

Several women have accused Cuomo, a Democrat, of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks.

Cuomo initially apologized and said that he “learned an important lesson” about his behavior around women, though he's since denied that he did anything wrong and questioned the motivations of accusers and fellow Democrats who’ve called for his resignation.

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Andrew M. Cuomo of sexual harassment have received subpoenas to testify under oath, the latest indication that the state attorney general’s investigation into Mr. Cuomo ’s behavior has entered a critical phase. The issuing of the subpoenas, which was expected at some point in the inquiry On Thursday, he said that making someone “feel uncomfortable” was not harassment , a statement that would appear to be at odds with a law he signed in 2019. That law says sexual harassment consists of unwanted advances or sexually explicit remarks that are “offensive or objectionable to the recipient”

Here’s How the Cuomo Sexual Harassment Investigation Could Play Out. The contents of the report are likely to determine Mr. Cuomo ’s fate, but some state legislators have already signaled that impeachment proceedings could be considered. “We’ll wait for the report, but I do believe that something needs to be done ultimately and whether or not the governor can continue is an open question ,” State Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat and deputy majority leader in the upper chamber, told NY1 on Monday.

Cuomo, in office since 2011, has rebuffed calls to step aside over the allegations.

A message seeking comment was left with Cuomo's lawyer, Rita Glavin. A Cuomo spokesperson said Thursday he had no comment. The state attorney general's office declined comment.

“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.

The scheduled interview with Cuomo was reported first by The New York Times.

Former aide Lindsey Boylan accuses Cuomo of having harassed her throughout her employment and said he once suggested a game of strip poker aboard his state-owned jet.

Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo once asked her if she ever had sex with older men. Bennett's lawyer, Debra Katz, said Bennett met via Zoom for more than four hours with investigators and also provided them with 120 pages of records to corroborate her accusations.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be interviewed in state sexual harassment inquiry

  N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be interviewed in state sexual harassment inquiry He'll meet Saturday with lawyers leading Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into staff allegations of his inappropriate comments, touchingCuomo will be interviewed by Joon Kim and Anne Clark, the two outside lawyers leading Attorney General Letitia James’ inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment that led members of the state's congressional delegation to call for his resignation, the source said, confirming a report in the New York Times.

Two former aides have already accused Cuomo of sexual harassment . On Monday, a third woman, who has not worked for him, Anna Ruch, told the New York Times that Cuomo touched her back and face at a wedding and asked if he could kiss her in a way that made her feel “confused and shocked and Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the Biden administration would wait for an investigation announced Sunday to be carried out before commenting further. “We certainly support that process and we’ll wait to see that through,” she said. Cuomo ’s scandals threaten to undercut the

A message seeking comment was left with Katz and lawyers for Boylan and another Cuomo accuser, former aide Alyssa McGrath.

The investigation into the allegations against Cuomo is being overseen by the state's independently elected attorney general, Letitia James, who named former federal prosecutor Joon Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark to conduct the probe and document its findings in a public report.

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.”

New York AG's office to question Cuomo Saturday in sexual harassment investigation

  New York AG's office to question Cuomo Saturday in sexual harassment investigation New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office is expected to question Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Saturday as part of the probe into sexual harassment allegations against the governor, according to multiple reports. The New York Times first reported that Joon H. Kim and Anne Lin Clark, the attorneys hired to oversee the investigation, are expected to interview Cuomo, citing people familiar with the probe.The attorneys in recent weeks have interviewed senior officials in preparation for the questioning, the Times reported. Investigators have also interviewed the women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.

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.”

“There was a sense from people early on that because the governor was so instrumental in helping her become AG that she would then become responsive to his political needs,” Rivera, who chairs the state senate's health committee said, “Now she’s proven over and over again that she’s responsible to the people of the state of New York.”

Sen. John Liu, Majority Assistant Whip in the state Senate, said that Azzopardi’s statement is the “typical Cuomo playbook.”

“Those kinds of comments, trying to run interference, trying to deflect, trying to implicate at least politically — my read of it is that folks in the governor’s circle including the governor are at least nervous and at most running terrified,” said Liu, a Democrat who’s called on Cuomo to resign.

“Obviously, Cuomo’s trying to undermine the AG,” Liu said. “I think because he is in a precarious situation, he’d be trying to undermine anybody who is investigating him.”

This year’s legislative session has concluded, but lawmakers could return later in the summer or fall if the probe winds up.

“I don’t have a sense of a clear timeframe,” Liu said. “I think Tish James is being as thorough as she can, knowing that no matter what she will be accused of politics. But I I think she’s conducting a thorough investigation and looking at all the facts, and I look forward to her conclusions and recommendations.”

The state assembly's judiciary committee has launched its own probe into whether there are grounds to impeach the governor on issues from sexual misconduct to his $5 million book deal.

It’s also unclear when the Assembly probe will wrap up, but it’s likely that it won’t be before James' investigation concludes. At least one accuser has said she only wants to speak with investigators in the attorney general's probe rather than sit through two separate interviews.

“The AG’s report is going to be critical,” Liu said. “The attorney general’s report and recommendations will carry a great deal of weight.”

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Balsamo reported from Washington, D.C. Sisak reported from Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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