Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his handlers in recent weeks have sought to cast doubt on the investigation by State Attorney General Letitia James into multiple sexual harassment allegations against him by suggesting at least one of her independent investigators and possibly even James herself was motivated by politics, he’s also repeatedly told New Yorkers to wait for the process to play out, assuring them that what the AG’s office ultimately found would clarify matters in a way that would absolve him of wrongdoing.
Well, James has just today released her findings, and suffice it to say that the hot water Cuomo landed himself in earlier this year when the first allegation came to light has now started boiling over:
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal laws as well as the executive chamber’s own written policies, according to a long-anticipated report Tuesday from the state Attorney General’s Office.
The bombshell report by a pair of attorneys selected by Attorney General Letitia James details cases of harassment by the governor that include unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and inappropriate comments directed toward current and former employees.
It also contends Cuomo and his senior staff had retaliated against at least one former employee, fostered a toxic workplace that enabled the harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment.
It appears that the investigation was incredibly thorough:
James: Investigators spoke to 179 people, reviewed 74,000 pieces of evidence. The evidence painted a "deeply disturbing yet clear picture" of repeated sexual misconduct by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) August 3, 2021
Cuomo evidence in AG report includes extensive screenshots from text messages between accusers and friends describing alleged interactions with governor. pic.twitter.com/McyLYkjR2j
— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) August 3, 2021
NEW: Cuomo harassing a female state trooper pic.twitter.com/YtvWB5ixjV
— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) August 3, 2021
The full report released by James is 168 pages long. You can read it here.
While it was extensive, James stopped short of calling for a criminal prosecution of Gov. Cuomo:
"While concluding that the Governor engaged in unlawful sexual harassment, we do not reach in this report a conclusion as to whether the conduct amounts to or should be the subject of criminal prosecution." https://t.co/nYCgn1FyQ1 pic.twitter.com/XsbTpKlA9c
— Jacob Gershman (@jacobgershman) August 3, 2021
No doubt the calls from Democrats and Republicans alike for Cuomo to resign in light of this report will get louder in the coming days:
Remember that the vast majority of the New York Congressional Democratic delegation — as well as both sitting U.S. Senators — have ALREADY called on Andrew Cuomo to resign…
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) August 3, 2021
An FBI investigation into his handling of the Wuhan virus pandemic – specifically his deadly nursing home order and the coverup that followed – is still ongoing. So more hammers could soon be dropping in the near future for the embattled Governor once dubbed “the Luv Guv” by the New York Post.
As always, stay tuned.
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