Cuomo floating “No 4th term for no indictment” – NBC New York
This article was originally published on August 9 at 9:27 a.m. EDT by THE CITY
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tried to strike a deal with senior state officials, promising not to run for a fourth term if impeachment talks are scuttled – but no one is buying it, a source told THE TOWN.
The governor and what remains of his relatives worked on the phone, fighting for his political life in the wake of the damning August 3 report detailing allegations of sexual harassment of 11 women and what investigators found were retaliation against one who became public.
Cuomo, whose term ends Dec.31, 2022, has ignored calls for his resignation as the state assembly continues the impeachment process.
The source said that Cuomo’s main assistant, Melissa DeRosa, who resigned on Sunday evening, had asked executive chamber staff for legislative strategies to stifle impeachment talks in recent days.
DeRosa’s resignation came as a shock to many in Albany, who viewed her as the governor’s staunchest defender in three terms and a ruthless sidekick.
DeRosa, who is cited in the report released by State Attorney General Letitia James as leading efforts to discredit an accuser who had worked for the administration, did not mention Cuomo in a statement announcing his resignation.
“Personally, the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying,” said the 38-year-old Albany native, whose father is one of the state’s leading lobbyists.
His resignation came after CBS This Morning published an excerpt from an interview with Brittany Commisso, Cuomo’s anonymous executive assistant who filed a criminal complaint accusing him of fiddling with his chest. The network aired the entire interview on Monday morning, working with the Albany Times Union.
“For me, it was a dream job. And that unfortunately turned into a nightmare, ”said Commisso, who started working for the governor in 2017.
The Albany County Sheriff confirmed on Saturday that he was conducting a criminal investigation into Cuomo.
“From what I’ve read so far, I can tell that we are circulating around a misdemeanor, but again, this is only from the attorney general’s report,” Sheriff Craig Apple said, who noted that the office had not conducted an “in-depth interview”. With Commission.
‘He is lying’
Meanwhile, an Assembly committee was due to meet Monday morning in Albany to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings against the governor, who has until Friday to submit evidence in his defense.
As the Assembly prepares to begin the impeachment process, the state Senate – which would act as a jury along with the seven members of the state’s highest court – is in talks to hire lawyers with an impeachment experience to help navigate the process, sources familiar with the discussions have told THE TOWN.
Even with the best Democrats, including President Joe Biden, demanding his resignation, Cuomo fought.
His attorneys offered a defense by Zoom on Friday, describing him as a victim of a political witch-hunt as they tried to dig into the accounts of Commisso and Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse the governor of harassment.
Cuomo’s personal lawyer Rita Glavin has suggested that the governor, who posted a video last week denying any wrongdoing, may soon speak out again in his own defense.
Commisso, in the interview broadcast on CBS, accused Cuomo of groping her twice – first by touching her butt on New Years Eve 2019 while she was at the Executive Mansion to help him draft his next State of State speech. She said the governor grabbed her as they took a selfie.
“I then felt as I took the selfie, his hand drop down my back on my butt, and he started to rub it,” she said. “Don’t drag it. Not, you know, brushing it quickly – rubbing my butt. “
Commisso said that in the following November, in the mansion, he put his hand under her blouse and cupped his chest over her bra, having closed a door with the two of them alone in a room. “I exactly remember looking down, seeing his hand, which is a big hand, saying to myself, ‘Oh, my God. It’s happening, ”she said.
In the online defense, Glavin used slides to present a timeline that she said proved Commisso’s account in the report – in which she was identified as “Executive Assistant # 1” – was not not alone with the governor on Nov. 16, when the report suggests the incident occurred.
But the report notes that the assistant told investigators she does not remember the exact date of the meeting, which she recently reported to police.
Commisso called the governor’s denials “disgusting”.
“He almost has that smirk that he thinks he’s untouchable,” Commisso said during the interview. “I almost feel like he has that feeling of almost being a celebrity and that’s right – that was the tipping point. I broke. I said, ‘He’s lying.’
If the Assembly proceeds with the impeachment, Cuomo would automatically be removed as governor and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would take her place as interim governor for the duration of the trial. Hochul, who briefly represented her hometown of Buffalo in Congress, could become the first woman to lead the state.
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