Cuomo lawyer, spokesperson bash fairness of James’ report just days just before departure
ALBANY — With a few days still left in business, outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his attorney are hoping to change the history regarding 11 allegations of sexual harassment outlined in a report from the state lawyer normal that ultimately led to the governor’s resignation.
On Friday, even as U-Haul relocating trucks were being spotted at the government mansion, Cuomo’s private law firm Rita Glavin claimed in the up coming week she will be requesting Attorney General Tish James’ workplace add Cuomo-constructive evidence to the damning 168-web site report that was released Aug. 3.
She will also post the proposed dietary supplements to the Assembly’s Judiciary committee, to the extent legislators will involve James’ report in their own determinations to be published at a future day — in spite of the impeachment investigation’s suspension.
“THE REPORT Need to Incorporate THE Proof THAT IS FAVORABLE TO THE GOVERNOR,” go through the title of one particular of the slides on Glavin’s online video briefing.
Her message follows one more Cuomo protection from his communications director, Rich Azzopardi, in a Day by day Information opinion piece that revealed Friday early morning titled, “Gov. Cuomo has been railroaded: The governor’s adviser states the attorney general’s report is a sham.”
As she has completed in video addresses and television interviews next the report, Glavin pushed back again on the results on various levels, together with how specific activities have been characterised and whether sufficient context from interviews with Cuomo and others on his personnel was incorporated.
For occasion, James’ report described an celebration where an unnamed woman mentioned Cuomo patted and grabbed her butt though a photo was becoming taken. But an electronic mail the lady had sent afterward describing the incident only claimed that she remembered the governor “tapped” her butt cheek with his palm, not that he “grabbed” her, Glavin mentioned.
“The report states he grabbed her butt — which is not accurate, that’s not recorded in a contemporaneous e mail and we will request the lawyer common to suitable the history,” Glavin reported.
Glavin all over again solid question on the trustworthiness of the previous personnel who testified, like Cuomo’s first accuser Lindsey Boylan, whose standing Glavin called into dilemma and whose testimony she explained was politically motivated. Glavin said govt assistant Brittany Commisso lied when stating Cuomo “groped” her at the mansion, exclusively since the timeline of her story is incongruent with Staff Cuomo’s account.
Glavin also reported that she will post new “information” about the trustworthiness of the next aide who accused Cuomo of typical sexual harassment, Charlotte Bennett. Glavin declined to elaborate “out of respect for her privacy.” She is even more requesting the identities of specific persons whose testimonies were being nameless.
James’ business as soon as once again reminded the community that Cuomo himself asked for she carry out an impartial investigation following the allegations of harassment.
“That investigation was exhaustive, comprehensive, and without the need of exterior impact, interval,” James spokesperson Delaney Kempner claimed in a assertion, soon after Glavin’s presentation. “Given the numerous, ongoing legal investigations into the governor’s perform, it would not be proper to react further more to these baseless attacks … We can’t allow survivors of sexual harassment to be further more traumatized by these ongoing attacks, lies, and conspiracy theories.”
It is unclear specifically when Cuomo’s shift-out will be entire, but he is established to leave office environment Monday at 11:59 p.m. As of Friday, he had not nevertheless submitted a resignation letter to the Legislature as a result of the Secretary of State, as is outlined in point out legislation.
His retirement is established to commence Sept. 1.