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Andrew Cuomo is resigning – but criminal probes could still move forward

Andrew Cuomo is resigning - but criminal probes could still move forward

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Andrew Cuomo is resigning – but criminal probes could still move forward

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave himself two weeks left in office after announcing his resignation amid a sexual harassment scandal involving allegations from 11 different women – but there may still be criminal consequences.

The state attorney general’s office released a 165-page report last week that found Cuomo’s alleged behavior violated state and federal law as well as his own policies between 2013 and 2020. Nine of the accusers were past or present state employees, and investigators interviewed 179 people and reviewed more than 74,000 pages of documents.

“What these witnesses—and many others—described is not just old-fashioned, affectionate behavior, it was sexual harassment,” the report reads.

At least five district attorneys from around the state have asked for materials from the probe to explore whether they might open criminal investigations into the governor.

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There is already a criminal investigation into Cuomo in Albany County, N.Y. based on allegations from Brittany Commisso, a former assistant to the governor, who accused him of fondling her in the Executive Mansion last year and touching her backside in a separate incident.

“I give the Governor credit for putting New York first, although our investigation was never about his office,” Albany Sheriff Craig Apple said in a statement.

“Today’s announcement will have no effect on our investigation. We still have a complaint and an allegation of criminal conduct. Our investigation continues.”

Last week, he told the New York Post that if Commisso’s allegations are substantiated the governor could be arrested and prosecuted on misdemeanor charges. He could also face civil lawsuits from his accusers, at least one of whom has said she plans to file one.

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“The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest,” he told the newspaper. “Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it.”

Andrew Cuomo is resigning - but criminal probes could still move forward
Andrew Cuomo is resigning – but criminal probes could still move forward

Cuomo has denied the allegation and his attorney claimed it was completely fabricated last week.

“He is 63 years old. He has spent 40 years in public life and for him to all of the sudden be accused of a sexual assault of an executive assistant that he really doesn’t know, doesn’t pass muster,” Rita Glavin, the governor’s lawyer, said Friday.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares declined to comment on the resignation Tuesday but his office said the investigation remained open. Last week, he asked other potential victims to reach out to his office in a televised interview. Continue reading from source

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