Albany District Attorney David Soares has requested the New York Attorney General’s workplace to show over materials investigators used for a report finding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.
“We will be formally requesting investigative material obtained by the AG’s Office, and we welcome any victim to contact our office with additional information,” Soares said in a statement.
“As this matter is developing and we are reviewing the document released by the Attorney General today, we will refrain from any additional public comment at this time regarding the status of the ongoing criminal investigation by our office,” Soares continued.
Earlier Tuesday, state Attorney General Letitia James introduced the findings of a report by impartial investigators which concluded that Cuomo engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments,” towards former and present state staff.
Cuomo responded later Tuesday to the report saying he “never touched anyone inappropriately,” and wouldn’t resign amid calls from lawmakers on each side of the aisle.
James mentioned that Cuomo’s conduct violated federal and state legal guidelines. But, she mentioned that her workplace wouldn’t be bringing a case in opposition to Cuomo and as a substitute left it as much as native authorities and victims to carry costs or civil claims.
“Our work has concluded,” James mentioned. “The document is now public. And the matter is, civil, in nature, and does not have any criminal consequences. It is my understanding.”
Anne Clark, one of many two impartial legal professionals employed for the investigation, mentioned that the Albany Police Department had already been notified by Cuomo’s workplace about probably the most severe allegations in opposition to Cuomo that he groped a feminine aide within the Executive Mansion in Albany final 12 months.
“All the information is fully documented in the report and any prosecutors and police departments can look at the evidence to determine if they want to take further action,” Clark mentioned.
Steve Smith, a spokesman for the Albany PD mentioned there’s “no active investigation.” He famous that his workplace can’t provoke a case with no “credible victim” requesting additional motion.
“The Albany Police Department has not received any complaints and we have no active investigations,” Smith mentioned.
James additionally mentioned that she would supply the state Assembly Judiciary Committee with proof and would “cooperate with their investigation as needed.”
The Assembly in June voted unanimously to start issuing subpoenas for witness testimony for its impeachment investigation of Cuomo.
Clark added that any of Cuomo’s alleged victims can file civil claims in opposition to him.
Brian Premo, a lawyer for a present Cuomo aide who was allegedly groped within the Executive Mansion final 12 months, mentioned his consumer “is considering filing a federal civil rights lawsuit,” for claims of “deprivation of civil rights based on sexual harassment and retaliation.”
“The governor’s suggestion that a sexual harassment victim pursing remedies under specific provisions under state and federal law is not correct,” Premo mentioned including that its “both neanderthal and absurd.”
“The client stands on her statement which the Attorney General’s investigations found to be credible,” Premo mentioned.
Mariann Wang, a lawyer who represents accusers Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, mentioned her purchasers haven’t determined but whether or not they are going to sue the governor.
Still, Wang mentioned Cuomo, “should not be in charge of our government and should not be in any position of power over anyone else.”