Manhattan, Westchester, Nassau prosecutors seek evidence from Cuomo investigations into sexual harassment
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference in New York City, April 19, 2021.
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Senior prosecutors in three other New York boroughs on Wednesday asked the attorney general's office for evidence from the bomb report alleging that Governor Andrew Cuomo was sexually assaulted
The Manhattan and Westchester and Nassau District Attorneys joined the Albany County Attorney's Office in investigating investigative material collected for this report, in which 11 women accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior.
Westchester County's District Attorney Mimi Rocah told James in a letter received on NBC News that she planned to conduct an investigation into whether Cuomo's alleged sexual misconduct in her jurisdiction was "criminal" .
A Manhattan spokesman DA Cyrus Vance Jr. told NBC later on Wednesday, “When our office learned yesterday that the attorney general's investigation into the governor's conduct had been completed, our office contacted the attorney general to request investigative materials in their possession on incidents that happened in Manhattan. "
Acting Nassau County's Attorney General Joyce Smith followed suit, saying her office was examining "the deeply troubling findings of the attorney general's report on the governor's alleged conduct."
"We have requested the attorney general's records on all incidents in the Nassau county and will investigate all potential crimes thoroughly and expeditiously," Smith said in a statement.
The 165-page report, the culmination of five months of investigation and 179 witness interviews, concluded that Cuomo violated federal and state laws. But this investigation was not specifically linked to penalties for the governor.
While the attorney general's investigation is over, an impeachment investigation headed by the New York State Assembly is in full swing.
Another Albany County prosecutor, David Soares, had previously announced that his office would initiate its own criminal investigation into Cuomo based on the allegations in the report. Soares also said his office would "welcome any victim to contact our office with additional information" about Cuomo.
Rocah asked James to send her materials relating to one of Cuomo's eleven accusers.
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This complainant was a state trooper on the governor's protection command, the report says.
"According to the report, one of the complainants, identified as Trooper # 1, indicates that certain governor behavior has occurred in Westchester County," Rocah said in a letter.
"Although the report found that Governor Cuomo's actions were in violation of state and federal civil law, I feel it is appropriate that my office conduct a further investigation to determine whether any of the reported conduct alleged to have occurred in Westchester County "criminal in nature," wrote Rocah.
In a letter to an attorney general for the attorney general, Vance Assistant Attorney Nitin Savur said the report contained "two unnamed victims of potential sex crimes that may have occurred in New York County."
Those nameless accusers include the soldier who said Cuomo inappropriately touched her in his New York office and a state official who claimed Cuomo grabbed her behind him during a work meeting.
"To properly investigate these potential sex crimes, we need to speak to the two victims," wrote Savur. He asked James & # 39; Office for the names and contact information of the nameless complainants as well as for other relevant investigation materials.
A Cuomo spokesman referred CNBC to his comments from a video that responded to the report by saying, "I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances."
"I'm 63 years old. I've been in public all my adult life. It's just not who I am and I've never been," said Cuomo.
Earlier this year, Cuomo rejected a wave of resignation calls, including from dozens of Democrats in New York and nationally.
But Tuesday's scathing report released prompted a new group of high-profile Democrats, including President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to urge Cuomo to step down.
Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, joined the choir on Wednesday afternoon.
"I hope that the legacy of progressive change it has brought to our people and the infrastructure renewal it has brought to our state will dwarf the darkness of this sad episode," Jacobs said in a statement. "It is with sadness and regret that I have to ask the governor to step down and continue the important work of the state – which he has advanced so much."
The public also appears to be turning against Cuomo, according to a Marist poll conducted after the report was released. The poll of registered New York voters found that 63% of those polled said Cuomo should step down, including 77% Republicans and 52% Democrats.
Only 12% of respondents said Cuomo deserves a fourth term as governor, according to Marist's poll.
Meanwhile, New York Congregation spokesman Carl Heastie vowed on Tuesday "to act quickly" to complete an impeachment investigation of Cuomo "as soon as possible" once James releases relevant materials from her own investigation.
"I fully understand that the governor has lost the confidence of the assembly's democratic majority and can no longer stay in office," Heastie said after the attorney general's investigation became public.
Heastie, a Democrat, authorized a panel in mid-March to open the impeachment investigation into Cuomo's harassment and other allegations of wrongdoing, including whether its employees tried to hide or alter data on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes .