N.Y. Gov. Cuomo grants state AG’s request to conduct independent probe into sexual harassment allegations

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York. A former aide’s allegations that Gov. Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual harassment have spurred calls for an investigation — and questions about who might meaningfully conduct one. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York.  A former aide’s allegations that Gov. Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual harassment have spurred calls for an investigation — and questions about who might meaningfully conduct one.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

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UPDATED 11:22 AM PT – Monday, March 1, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) granted state Attorney General Leticia James’ request to conduct an independent probe into the sexual harassment allegations against him.

On Sunday, James noted her office expects to receive a referral with subpoena power to investigate the claims. The state attorney general added, her office will hire a law firm, deputize them and proceed to oversee a rigorous and independent investigation.

This came after James rebuffed Cuomo’s proposal to have James and a judge he appointed to jointly select an independent counsel to probe the allegations.

Meanwhile, the Democrat governor is facing push back from his own party over a new statement on the allegations.

“That’s not an apology. He seemed to be saying, ‘oh, I was just kidding around,’ you know, sexual harassment is not funny,” commented New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It’s serious and it has to be taken seriously, and he just clearly was letting himself off the hook for something that for the women involved sounded pretty terrifying.”

De Blasio also called for a full investigation into Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. This follows reports of a cover-up regarding death rates.

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