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Attorneys for Governor Andrew Cuomo have criticized the New York State Attorney’s office, saying it was “ambushed” by Transfer regarding allegations of sexual harassment against him. They also provided a range of details intended to discredit the alleged victims, without giving any indication that Cuomo was willing to step down voluntarily.
“I know the difference between putting together a case against a target versus doing an independent fact-finding with an open mind,” Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin said during a lengthy online news conference on Friday.
Glavin also accused the attorney general’s office of conducting the investigation “in a way that supports a predetermined narrative,” adding that investigators omitted evidence in the governor’s favour from the 165-page report.
“The investigators worked here as investigators, judges and juries,” she noted.
The press conference was held shortly after reports that one of Cuomo’s alleged victims, who was identified in the report as an executive assistant, File a criminal complaint With the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
It was one of the few sexual assault novels that Glavin attempted to undermine, though it did not directly address the formal criminal complaint. Instead, the trial attorney provided time-stamped facts of events and correspondence relating to the alleged victim on the day she says she was touched by the governor in his office inside the Executive Palace.
“I did what I would have expected any investigator to do,” Glavin said. “I reconstruct today’s events and documentary evidence does not support what [the executive assistant] She said.”
Cuomo and his team of lawyers have until August 13 to present a rebuttal or evidence to the State Assembly’s Judicial Committee, which has indicated it is close to completing its months-long impeachment inquiry.
In order to meet the deadline, Glavin said Cuomo and his attorneys need access to key evidence and interview transcripts, which they haven’t been able to obtain yet.
Cuomo himself denied touching anyone inappropriately but He apologized for acting “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable”.