New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has persisted despite the scandal dogging him. It seems his history might finally catch up to him.
An impeachment inquiry following several allegations of Cuomo’s sexual misconduct is wrapping up, The Hill reported. This news follows a report from Attorney General Letitia James confirming Cuomo sexually harassed nearly a dozen women.
The New York State Assembly has been looking into impeachment since March and announced Thursday that it is near completion. The chairman notified the governor of the progress made.
“We write to inform you that the Committee’s investigation is nearing completion and the Assembly will soon consider potential articles of impeachment against your client,” attorneys in charge of the investigation notified Cuomo’s legal team. The governor was invited to “provide any additional evidence or written submissions that you would like the Committee to consider before its work concludes” before the Aug. 13 deadline.
Still, Cuomo has refused to step down even the allegations have mounted against him. He’s tried to dismiss the claims by saying his overly intrusive touching and kissing is part of his repoir with nearly everyone, the New York Post reported.
“I’ve been making the same gesture in public all my life,” said Cuomo said after damning photos were published of him grabbing accuser Anna Ruch and kissing her forcibly at a wedding in 2019. “Indeed there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos of me using the exact same gesture,” he later insisted.
That claim was part of his rebuttal a video response with a slideshow of his handsy encounters. Cuomo claimed that he is overly affectionate with “black and white, young and old, straight to LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers [and] people who I meet on the street.” The 11 women who attest to sexual harassment at his hands prove him wrong.
The walls are closing in on Cuomo even as fellow Democrats will likely run interference for him until the end. The pressure is mounting for Cuomo to leave office, whether voluntarily or through impeachment.