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AG's investigation of Cuomo has not yet started

Mar 08, 2021 2:15 pm

CNY Central is reporting New York Attorney General Letitia [Leh-TISH-ah] James' office has not yet started an investigation into the sexual harassment claims leveled against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. And the AG's office confirmed March 8, that it does not have any timeline for when they would choose or announce who in the office would lead the independent investigation. On Mon., Mar. 1, James said she had received a referral letter to begin the investigation, and late last week her office sent a record preservation letter to Cuomo's office. Five women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of a combination of workplace sexual harassment and unwanted advances. The Democratic leaders of the state Legislature have called for Cuomo to resign, but the governor said over the weekend he will not leave office voluntarily. That will leave lawmakers with few options: Either continue to work with Cuomo after calling on him to step down, or prepare for the first impeachment and removal of a New York governor in more than a century. “If the governor continues to disregard the wellbeing of New Yorkers and refuses to step down, then the Assembly must embrace its constitutional duty and begin impeachment proceedings to remove the governor from office immediately," said Sochie Nnaemeka, the state director of the Working Families Party, according to Nick Reisman reporting for State of Politics. Republicans in the state Assembly are pushing for the formation of an impeachment commission, as is Assemblymember Ron Kim, a Democratic critic of the governor who has been at odds with him over his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, as well. Read more at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.