The investigation includes the nursing home death scandal during the COVID pandemic.
The New York State Assembly decided to continue its investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The AG investigation already found he sexually harassed at least 11 women.
The assembly originally chose to suspend the investigation since Cuomo will officially resign in the coming days.
Carl Heastie, the Assembly speaker, said since they could not impeach a former governor the assembly stopped the investigation. Democrats and Republicans fumed, which caused a reversal:
The reversal on Monday does not mean that lawmakers will move to impeach Mr. Cuomo; Mr. Heastie had cited a six-page legal memo on Friday that argued that lawmakers lacked the constitutional authority to impeach an official who was out of office. Indeed, there is no precedent in New York for impeaching a former governor.
Last week’s announcement had prompted an outcry from both Republican and Democratic legislators, who said that the Assembly had a duty to, at the very least, make public the findings of the taxpayer-funded investigation, which began in March. Some legislators, especially Republicans and a small group of left-wing Democrats, argued in favor of continuing impeachment efforts, even with Mr. Cuomo out of power.
On Monday, Mr. Heastie and Charles Lavine, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which is leading the investigation, issued a statement saying it would continue. “The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of Governor Cuomo,” they said.
“The New York State Assembly thinks corruption, sexual harassment/assault, and retaliation are acceptable,” declared Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett. “Employing a lazy legal argument and offering a poorly reasoned memo, the speaker has taken the coward’s way out.
CBS2 found out the investigation will include Cuomo’s nursing home death scandal, if his staff “improperly worked on his book,” and the “allegations he covered up safety concerns at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.”
Heastie admitted they “found credible evidence” to impeach Cuomo if he chose not to resign.
The assembly would give authorities investigating its report and evidence.
Heastie did not say when the assembly will finish and release its report.DONATE
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