Cuomo to be questioned by AG in sexual misconduct investigation
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general's office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion.
The timing of the interview in Albany was confirmed by two people familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The interview will be the first time Cuomo is questioned as part of the inquiry, which began four months ago.
The Democrat has been accused by several women, including former and current staffers, of various forms of sexual harassment, ranging from lewd language in the office to allegedly groping a woman at the Executive Mansion in Albany.
He has apologized and said that he "learned an important lesson" about his behavior around women. The third-term governor has rebuffed calls to step aside over the allegations.
“I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come,” Cuomo said in April.
James has retained a pair of private attorneys to lead the probe as a way to distance herself from the investigation, which some have labeled as political, including Cuomo's spokesman.
“We have said repeatedly that the governor doesn’t want to comment on this review until he has cooperated, but the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the Attorney General’s review,” said Rich Azzopardi.
Spokespeople for James’ office did not respond to a request for comment from New York NOW.