Cuomo refuses to resign as he apologizes amid sexual harassment scandal

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking about recent allegations.

Source: New York State

New York’s attorney general on Monday appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer to lead the investigation of claims that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women.

Also Monday, a spokesman for New York Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay, a Republican from Syracuse, told media outlets that a resolution seeking to begin impeachment proceedings against Cuomo will be introduced by the end of the day.

Republicans hold a relatively small minority of seats in the Assembly, and cannot compel Democrats to impeach Cuomo, who is a Democrat.

Cuomo has repeatedly said he will not resign in the face of allegations he harassed two former former aides and engaged in inappropriate conduct with other women.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester County, called for his resignation on Sunday as two newspapers detailed new allegations.

Her fellow Democrat, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, said he agreed with her on “the Governor’s ability to continue to lead this state.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James said that the probe of the harassment allegations would be headed by Joon Kim, who from March 2017 through the following January served as the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Anne Clark, who has represented numerous plaintiffs in sexual harassment lawsuits.

Kim currently is a partner at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, while Clark is a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark.

James said appointed three other lawyers, Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo, and Yannick Grant, to conduct the probe.

“We are committed to an independent and thorough investigation of the facts,” James said.

Kim and Clark “are independent, legal experts who have decades of experience conducting investigations and fighting to uphold the rule of law,” James said.

“There is no question that they both have the knowledge and background necessary to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve.”

The investigation was set in motion Feb. 24, when Lindsey Boylan, a former state economic development official, wrote in a Medium post that Cuomo had “abused his power as Governor to sexually harass me, just as he has done with so many other women.”

Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, wrote that Cuomo once kissed her without her consent, and as a joke suggested that they play strip poker during an official flight.

Days later, another former Cuomo aide named Charlotte Bennett told The New York Times that he had asked her questions about her sex life, and if she had “ever been with an older man.” Bennett, who had played soccer in middle school against one of Cuomo’s daughter, is 25 years old, while the governo is 63.

Karen Hinton, who served as Cuomo’s press aide when he was secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, told The Washington Post in recent days that Cuomo invited her to his hotel room in Los Angeles in 2000, and embraced her as she tried to leave the room, then pulled her back toward him as she moved again to leave.

Ana Liss, who had worked as an aide to Cuomo when he was governor, told the Wall Street Jouranl that he hugged her, kissed her on both cheeks and grabbed her waist.

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