The interview with Cuomo says the investigation may be nearing its final phase, although no timeline has been set. Following several allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic governor earlier this year, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation that would result in a public report.
The two attorneys hired to lead the Attorney General’s office, Joon Kim and Anne L. Clark, are expected to interview Cuomo in Albany, two people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.
A senior Cuomo adviser, Richard Azzopardi, told CNN in a statement on Thursday: “We have said on several occasions that the governor does not want to comment on this review until he has cooperated, but the continued leaks are a further evidence of the transparent political motivation of the Attorney General’s review.
CNN has contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for comment.
She interpreted the exchange – which she said took place in June 2020, as the state battles the pandemic – as what the newspaper called “clear openings to sex.”
Another former collaborator, Lindsey Boylan, accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, including an unwanted kiss. In a February post on Medium, Boylan alleged he kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York office in 2018.
The escalating backlash against Cuomo prompted him to issue a statement at the time which acknowledged that some of his workplace comments “may have been callous or too personal” and stated that he was “really sorry “for those who might” have misinterpreted (the remarks) as unwanted flirtation. “
Cuomo has denied ever touching anyone inappropriately.
Beyond investigating allegations of sexual harassment, James is also investigating deaths in nursing homes in New York City and released a report in January that found the state underestimated by around 50 % deaths related to Covid-19 nursing homes.