Lawyers say AG has set out to gather evidence against Governor Cuomo in a harassment investigation: NPR


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Andrew Cuom’s lawyers on Friday accused the state’s attorney’s office of conducting the investigation “in a way that supports a pre-determined story.”

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Andrew Cuom’s lawyers on Friday accused the state’s attorney’s office of conducting the investigation “in a way that supports a pre-determined story.”

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Governor Andrew Cuom’s attorneys criticized the New York Attorney General’s office, saying it “ambushed” him. report on charges of sexual harassment against him. They also provided a number of details intended to discredit the alleged victims, without giving any indication that Cuomo was willing to withdraw voluntarily.

“I know the difference between compiling a case against a target in relation to the independent establishment of the facts of an open mind,” Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin said during a long online press conference on Friday.

Glavin also accused the state attorney’s office of conducting the investigation “in a way that supports a pre-determined story,” adding that investigators in the 165-page report missed evidence that was favorable to the governor.

“Here,” she remarked, “the investigators acted as investigators, a judge, and a jury.”

A press conference was held shortly after the report that one of Cuom’s alleged victims, who was identified in the report as an executive assistant, filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

It was one of several reports of sexual abuse that Glavin tried to undermine, although she did not address a formal criminal complaint directly. Instead, a lawyer from the trial provided a chronology of events and correspondence with the alleged victim on the day he said the governor groped her in his office at the executive castle.

“I did what I expected every investigator to do,” Glavin said. “I reconstructed the events of that day and the documentary evidence does not support what [the executive assistant] said. “

Cuomo and his team of lawyers have until August 13 to submit the rebuttal or evidence to the National Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, which has indicated it is nearing the end of its own months-long investigation into the governor’s recall.

In order to meet the deadline, Glavin said that Cuom and his lawyers should be given access to basic evidence and transcripts of conversations that have not been possible so far.

Cuomo himself denied touching anyone inappropriately, but he apologized for acting “in a way that makes people feel uncomfortable.”


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