He’s going — kicking and screaming all the way.
As he packed up his stuff at the Albany executive mansion Friday, disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s private lawyer named for “corrections” to the condition lawyer general’s bombshell investigation that pressured him to give up his third time period.
Rita Glavin, Cuomo’s private lawyer, made the demands as she break up hairs over footnotes and descriptions of Cuomo’s harassment in the 168-web page report all through an visual appearance streamed on the internet all through which reporters could not check with issues.
Glavin all over again tried to undercut the accounts from Cuomo’s 11 accusers, often by concentrating on footnotes in the report and other slight particulars.
Legal professional General Letitia James’ probe affirmed and exposed accounts of sexual harassment and misconduct from 11 gals versus Cuomo, together with recent and previous staffers and point out personnel.
Cuomo declared very last week he would resign after his longtime political support crumbled away in the aftermath of the report’s launch.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is slated to on Tuesday at midnight take in excess of as governor.
In 1 instance, Glavin attempted to undercut the report by pointing out that a single sufferer — State Entity Worker Amount 1, who remains publicly unknown — was instantly employed by the condition and rather labored for an “affiliated” business.
“What we do know is that the report — in a line that’s a bit of a throwaway line — mentioned that she basically does not get the job done for a condition entity,” mentioned Glavin. “This particular female works for an entity that is affiliated with the condition, OK?”
But that wasn’t her only objection to a insignificant depth in the AG’s report.
“The report reported that as the governor took a photo with this woman who works with a state affiliated entity, the governor quote, ‘put his hand on State Entity Worker Quantity 1’s butt, tapped it 2 times and then grabbed her butt’,” Glavin mentioned, pointing to an occasion exactly where a description of Cuomo’s harassment was contemporaneously documented in an e-mail.
However, Glavin insisted that the message only stated Cuomo patting the employee’s rear, though not explicitly mentioning that she was then grabbed by the governor.
Even with all her emphasis on the minutia, Glavin wrongly placed Pier 40 on the Upper West Facet as she mentioned the likely location of exactly where Cuomo harassed the unnamed girl. The pier is in fact situated off Houston St., dozens of blocks to the south.
Glavin, a former US prosecutor, has repeatedly attacked the trustworthiness of Cuomo’s accusers’ in current weeks, concentrating particular ire on the account of Virginia Limmiatis, who accused Cuomo of touching her chest all through a May perhaps 2017 event.She did so again Tuesday, pointing to a slew of images launched by Cuomo’s workplace of the party that she claimed undercut Limmiatis’s account because she seems to be satisfied and smiling in them.
In reaction, Limmiatis’ lawyer ripped an “abandoned and alone” Cuomo for his desperate attempt to very clear his title.
“Abandoned and alone, Cuomo uses his final handful of times on the work to acquire treatment of himself fairly than New York, and resorts to his outdated ways,” attorney Mariann Wang said in a statement.
“Virginia Limmiatis understands the truth and has sworn to it, as have her witnesses,” Wang included. “Cuomo’s touching was inappropriate and unacceptable, and as the AG report concluded, illegal.”
AG James was also not amused by Glavin’s latest salvos at her report, the material of which stays mostly untouched inspite of months of assaults from Cuomo and his couple of remaining allies.
“Given the a number of, ongoing felony investigations into the governor’s perform, it would not be proper to reply additional to these baseless assaults,” said James’s spokeswoman Delaney Kempner.
“The 168-site report and further 486 internet pages of displays plainly corroborate the experiences of the complainants, however the governor and his aides keep on to undermine all those who seek out to expose this harmful perform,” she included. “We can’t allow survivors of sexual harassment to be more traumatized by these ongoing attacks, lies, and conspiracy theories.”
The assertion seemingly ruled out any risk that James’s place of work would accede to Galvin’s demand from customers that the report be amended to a lot more completely contain Cuomo’s defense.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan