Cuomo impeachment committee expects to complete reviewing proof inside ‘a number of weeks’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be on as he delivers remarks on the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) on the Riverside Church in New York, November 15, 2020.
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The committee answerable for figuring out whether or not to question New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo expects to be completed reviewing proof inside weeks, the committee chair stated Monday.
“Starting subsequent week, committee members will likely be granted entry in a safe location to the total proof” in two parallel probes into allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a number of ladies, stated Charles Lavine, the Democratic chairman of the state Meeting Judiciary Committee.
“We anticipate that this course of will likely be concluded very quickly,” Lavine stated of the assessment interval. “Once I say ‘very quickly,’ I am talking about a number of weeks.”
Following the assessment interval, committee members will make a advice to the total state Meeting on whether or not to proceed with an impeachment.
Already, there are sturdy indications the committee will suggest Cuomo be impeached.
If Cuomo is impeached by the decrease chamber, he would subsequent face a trial within the state Senate. He would even be required to switch gubernatorial powers throughout the Senate trial to Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The committee launched its impeachment investigation in March, following preliminary accusations of sexual harassment made in opposition to Cuomo. The probe was performed parallel to an investigation overseen by state Lawyer Normal Letitia James.
Final Tuesday, James stated her workplace’s inquiry discovered that Cuomo had sexually harassed not less than 11 ladies and retaliated in opposition to one in all them, a former worker who had complained about his conduct.
The response to the James report was swift and unequivocal: Inside hours, calls for for Cuomo’s resignation got here from throughout the state and nationwide Democratic political firmament, as much as and together with President Joe Biden.
However Cuomo thus far has proven no indicators that he plans to step down.
Lavine took care on Monday to put out every step of the impeachment course of, describing what would likely be a tough and doubtlessly humiliating expertise for Cuomo.
The committee chairman additionally made it clear that if Cuomo chooses to resign earlier than an impeachment trial begins, he can be spared the ordeal of the trial.
If the governor resigns, an “impeachment itself can be moot,” stated Lavine.
The committee’s monthslong probe was performed by attorneys from the legislation agency Davis Polk & Wardwell, and encompassed a number of different allegations of wrongdoing by Cuomo and his closest aides.
These embody whether or not the governor’s employees tried to cover or alter information on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing properties; whether or not Cuomo used his place as governor to safe Covid vaccines for shut family and friends; and whether or not he misused state sources to advertise a e book he wrote about management in 2020.
Cuomo and his employees have denied these allegations.
Final week, legal professionals for the governor launched a proper response to James’ report, refuting sure parts of it. They argued that the claims by ladies that Cuomo inappropriately grabbed them and touched them have been merely harmless efforts to be pleasant, and one thing all politicians do.
The proof from the a number of topics of inquiry that will likely be made obtainable to Judiciary Committee members totals greater than 500,000 pages, Lavine stated Monday.
Given the sensitivity of the knowledge, Lavine stated it could solely be obtainable for viewing in a chosen room.