First modification: 08/06/2021 – 03:45
New York state lawmakers reported Thursday that the investigation is nearing completion to bring Governor Andrew Cuomo to impeachment following allegations of sexual harassment against him. Congressmen gave the president until August 13 to present additional evidence to support his defense.
The impeachment that seeks to remove the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, after allegations of alleged sexual harassment against at least 11 women, would be a fact, according to lawmakers in the state Congress.
In a statement released Thursday, the chairman of the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee, Charles Lavine, said his panel’s investigation is “almost complete” and that it will soon consider articles of impeachment against Cuomo.
The law firm leading the investigation, Davis Polk & Wardwell, asked Cuomo’s defense to provide additional evidence or written submissions by Aug. 13. The legal team said it expects “full compliance from the governor,” but that his time to respond has almost run out.
“We are writing to inform you that the Committee’s investigation is nearing completion and the Assembly will soon consider possible articles of impeachment against your client (…) Accordingly, we invite you to provide any additional evidence or written submissions that you would like the Committee to consider. before he concludes his work, “said the group of lawyers that leads the investigation of the state Lower House.
Cuomo, between a possible impeachment and possible criminal charges
With the ultimatum delivered this Thursday, the governor of New York is further cornered. And the call to step down is stronger than ever. Cuomo rejects the accusations and refuses to resign.
Since March, the Assembly Judiciary Committee has been investigating whether there are grounds to frame the Democratic politician for sexual harassment.
However, it was the publication of the New York attorney general’s investigation into this case, Latitia James, that left Cuomo against the wall.
In his 168-page report, and after a five-month job, James details that he found that Cuomo groped, kissed or made suggestive comments to women, current workers and former government employees. In addition, he maintains that he found that there was retaliation against at least one woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.
Since then the voices demanding the resignation of the governor have increased, including important figures from his own Democratic Party such as the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, or even the president of the country, Joe Biden.
And as warnings from lawmakers advance, who asked him to resign or otherwise proceed to impeachment to remove him, the governor would also face criminal charges.
After James made the results of his investigation public, several county prosecutors from the fourth most populous state in the country announced that they are opening their own inquiries, because some of the cases would have taken place in their jurisdictions.
Local investigative entities review whether the governor’s alleged conduct represents a crime. Mayor De Blasio said Cuomo must face criminal charges.
With Reuters and AP