Cuomo isolated as accuser prepares to speak in first TV interview | New policies
ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces another day of fire on Monday as a key legislative committee meets to discuss a possible impeachment process and a woman who accused of groping her talks in his first TV interview.
“CBS This Morning” is scheduled to air the first television interview with Brittany Commisso, an executive assistant who accused Cuomo of groping her chest in the governor’s mansion in Albany.
Commisso last week became the first woman to file a criminal complaint against Cuomo, delivering a report to the county sheriff.
Cuomo has denied touching women inappropriately and said the groping incident never happened.
Later Monday, the State Assembly Judiciary Committee planned to meet to discuss how to conclude an ongoing investigation into whether there are grounds for impeaching Cuomo.
Dozens of Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have urged him to step down. About two-thirds of members of the National Assembly have already said they favor an impeachment trial if he refuses to resign. Only a simple majority vote is needed to start an impeachment trial.
Cuomo will go into the fight without his former primary assistant, Melissa DeRosa.
DeRosa, a constant presence alongside Cuomo during his months of coronavirus press conferences, resigned Sunday night, saying the past two years had been “emotionally and mentally trying.”
The administration has been in crisis since last week, when a report released by state attorney general Letitia James found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.
Cuomo’s attorneys attacked the attorney general’s investigation as biased in favor of his accusers.
At least five district attorneys have requested documents from the attorney general’s investigation to see if any of the allegations could lead to criminal charges. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said on Saturday Cuomo could face misdemeanor charges if investigators substantiated Commisso’s complaint.
The Associated Press generally does not identify alleged victims of sexual misconduct unless they choose to speak out publicly, as Commisso did.
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