Two New York district attorneys request evidence from Cuomo sexual harassment investigation

Comes after a report from the New York attorney general’s office alleged multiple instances of sexual misconduct.

Eric Garcia
Wednesday 04 August 2021 18:26

Two separate district attorneys in New York have requested information from the state’s attorney general’s office to open investigations of Gov Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct, CNBC reports.

The district attorney for Westchester sent a letter to the New York attorney general’s office requesting material from its inquiry into Gov Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct, according to NBC New York.

District Attorney Mimi Rocah requested the material because of the misconduct detailed in the attorney general’s office report took place in Westchester County, according to a copy of the letter.

“I believe it is appropriate for my Office to conduct a further inquiry to determine if any of the reported conduct that is alleged to have occurred in Westchester County is criminal in nature,” the letter said.

Similarly, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr told NBC that, “When our office learned yesterday that the Attorney General’s investigation of the Governor’s conduct was complete, our office contacted the Attorney General’s Office to begin requesting investigative materials in their possession pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan.”

Similarly, Albany District Attorney David Shoares said Tuesday that his office “will be formally requesting investigative materials obtained by the AG’s office” and that he would, “welcome any victim to contact [his] office with additional information,” Politico reported.

Attorney General Letitia James’s office released a report that alleged that the governor sexually harassed 11 women, including a State Trooper. The report has prompted many in Mr Cuomo’s own party, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have called on Cuomo to leave office.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she was not aware of any conversation between Mr Biden and Mr Cuomo.

Ms James said in a news conference Tuesday that Mr Cuomo “sexually harassed current and former New York state employees by engaging in unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a sexually suggestive nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”

Mr Cuomo has adamantly refused to resign and said he did nothing wrong.

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