Cuomo’s attorney again discredits accusers, AG report

Cuomo Under Fire

ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) — Rita Glavin, attorney for outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, held a press conference Friday afternoon. She again attempted to discredit the women who have accused the soon-to-be-former governor of sexual harassment.

Glavin reiterated several previous claims that the report from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James is incomplete. She also said she has not been given access to all investigative materials despite requests to the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee and attorney general.

Glavin said she will press for the report to be amended based on a submission of evidence on Cuomo’s behalf. Among the pieces of evidence allegedly missing from the report are images Glavin said prove Cuomo’s innocence.

James released a response to Glavin’s comments:

After multiple women made accusations that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed them, the governor, himself, requested that Attorney General James oversee an independent investigation. That investigation was exhaustive, thorough, and without outside influence, period.

Given the multiple, ongoing criminal investigations into the governor’s conduct, it would not be appropriate to respond further to these baseless attacks. The 168-page report and additional 486 pages of exhibits clearly corroborate the experiences of the complainants, yet the governor and his aides continue to undermine those who seek to expose this dangerous conduct.

We cannot allow survivors of sexual harassment to be further traumatized by these continued attacks, lies, and conspiracy theories.

Previously, briefings related to Cuomo were accompanied by formal email announcements, listings of satellite coordinates, and simulcasts on the official New York State website. Friday’s press conference, however, was streamed on the Vimeo video service and was announced in a short tweet:

The press conference took place mere days before Cuomo’s official resignation, set to go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Hochul is set to be sworn in a minute later, at midnight, officially beginning her term on Tuesday, August 24.

Moving trucks were spotted at the Governor’s Mansion Friday. And the transition of power in the executive office is already taking place online. Cuomo’s Twitter handle is now @andrewcuomo. Incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul’s handle remains @ltgovhochulny, though it was briefly updated Thursday night before it reverted.

All 11 women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment were credible, investigators said, noting that their allegations were corroborated to varying degrees, including by other witnesses and contemporaneous text messages. The Cuomo administration was also said to foster a “hostile work environment” and that it was “rife with fear and intimidation.”

The New York State Assembly has said Cuomo will not face impeachment since he plans to resign, but that the Judiciary Committee will release a final report on their impeachment investigation. While New Yorkers await the report, other Cuomo news may make headlines.

The families of the more than 15,000 New Yorkers who died in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic still want accountability. James’s office is also investigating claims that the governor misused his office in completing a book about his handling of the pandemic.

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