New York assembly approves ‘impeachment investigation’ into Cuomo

New York assembly approves 'impeachment investigation' into Andrew Cuomo
Most of the allegations against Andrew Cuomo come from former aides. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The New York state assembly has authorized its judiciary committee to start an “impeachment investigation” against Andrew Cuomo for sexual misconduct allegations brought by six women.

The panel’s impeachment investigation, which would run parallel to one being led by the state attorney general, Letitia James, would be authorized to interview witnesses, evaluate evidence and subpoena documents said Carl Heastie, the speaker of the state assembly.

Heastie, who said he decided to launch the investigation after meeting with fellow Democrats who control the assembly, said in a statement: “The reports of accusations concerning the governor are serious.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo, 63, has denied all allegations by the women, most of whom are former colleagues. The most recent is an unnamed aide who on Tuesday told the Times-Union newspaper that Cuomo had groped her after calling her to the executive mansion last year under the pretext of business.

The New York governor denied the groping accusation, the Times-Union reported on Wednesday, saying “I have never done anything like this” and calling the details “gut-wrenching”.

Representatives for the governor did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Last week, Mr Cuomo issued a broad apology at a news conference for any behavior that made women feel uncomfortable, but he maintained that he had never touched anyone inappropriately.

Heastie said last weekend that Cuomo should “seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York”.

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