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February 9, 2022

Disgraced Gov Cuomo Says He’s Been ‘Vindicated’

Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he feels “vindicated” almost six months after resigning from office amid of sexual harassment allegations, and he’s not ruling out running for office again in the future.

Cuomo’s comments come after multiple state district attorneys announced that they would not prosecute the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

However, the prosecutors have emphasized that the decision not to pursue charges against the former governor does not diminish the credibility of the accusations against him. Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said the woman who brought the allegation against Cuomo was “reliable and reasonable, seemingly motivated only by an earnest desire to do the right thing.”

But Cuomo views the district attorneys choosing not to prosecute as tantamount to absolving him, despite the New York state attorney general’s report that concluded he had sexually harassed 11 women — the report that led to Cuomo’s resignation in August.

“It turns out in a remarkably short period of time that it did become all bogus. 11 became zero,” Cuomo told Bloomberg.

“If you do an honest summary, which is what I get from people on the street, I have been vindicated.”

When asked about his political future, Cuomo said: “I’m still focused on communicating what happened here. Because as a precedent, it has to be exposed.”

“Vindication is not the reason to run for office,” he added.


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Andrew Cuomo Says He’s Been ‘Vindicated,’ Won’t Rule Out Run

January 23, 2022

Watch: The Chris Cuomo Testimony That Led to CNN Firing

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The state attorney general’s office released videos of Chris Cuomo’s testimony from its investigation into sexual harassment allegations against disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), where he former CNN anchor acknowledged helping his brother navigate the sexual harassment scandal.

“When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris Cuomo said, describing his efforts to uncover impending allegations against the governor.

Chris Cuomo’s interview footage was among the latest collection released by Attorney General Letitia James’ office, whose investigation into Andrew Cuomo ultimately led him to resign.

In December, CNN fired Cuomo, 51, less than a week after transcripts from his July 15 testimony were made public.

Chris Cuomo testified that he told the then-governor not to “go after” his accusers. When asked if they’d spoken about the allegations and cancel culture, Cuomo said he told his older brother that he couldn’t “ignore” the claims.

“I advised him that you cannot ignore these, that it’s not going to go away; not in our society, not in our media culture, and not in your party,” Cuomo testified.

“And that’s why you can’t go after your accusers. It’s not right. It’s not allowed. The only path is process. That’s the only path. Have things investigated. Have somebody independent who looks at this, and let people judge what they find.”

Chris Cuomo also said he advised his “very good friend” Alec Baldwin to “stay out of it” after the actor offered to post a video railing against cancel culture in defense of the governor.

“I didn’t think Alec Baldwin weighing in was helpful or respectful to the situation,” he added. “And I was trying to help my brother, and it just didn’t seem that helpful to me.”


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Video of Chris Cuomo testimony that led to CNN firing released by New York attorney general

January 9, 2022

Cuomo: Criminal Charge Dismissed

A judge formally dismissed the only criminal charge against disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) at the prosecutor’s request.

The move was expected after prosecutors said they couldn’t prove the case and didn’t want to continue, and Cuomo’s lawyers asked the court to agree.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares told Judge Holly Trexler that although evidence supported the accuser’s account of Cuomo groping her at the executive mansion in 2020, he believed he couldn’t win a conviction.

Brittany Commisso, Cuomo’s former aide, said Cuomo groped her when they were alone in an office at the mansion. Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) released a report, which included Commisso’s damning testimony, concluding that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo has vehemently denied the accusations. He resigned that month, calling the report unfair.

In a letter to Trexler, Soares said, “statutory elements of New York law make this case impossible to prove.” Government probes into Cuomo’s conduct had created “technical and procedural hurdles” regarding prosecutors’ obligations to disclose evidence to the defense, he said.

The prosecutor’s decision was criticized by some, including Commisso.

“My disappointing experience of re-victimization with the failure to prosecute a serial sexual abuser, no matter what degree the crime committed, yet again sadly highlights the reason victims are afraid to come forward, especially against people in power,” Commisso said in a statement.


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Judge dismisses sole criminal charge against Andrew Cuomo

December 16, 2021

Cuomo Ordered to Reliquinsh $5.1M in Pandemic Book Earnings

A state ethics board ordered former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to return millions of dollars in earnings from his coronavirus pandemic memoir, allowing him 30 days to comply.

The remarkable directive is the latest development in the former governor’s fall from grace, who in the span of four months lost his job, reputation, and who is now facing a criminal trial for allegedly groping an aide.

In a 12-1 vote, New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics decided that Cuomo was not entitled to keep any profits from the book deal, which the board previously ruled had been obtained under false pretenses.

However, an attorney for Cuomo immediately said the action was unconstitutional and promised a legal fight.

“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” Cuomo attorney Jim McGuire said.

“Should they seek to enforce this action, we’ll see them in court.”


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Andrew Cuomo ordered to return $5 million in earnings from COVID book

December 7, 2021

Report: Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment Days Before Termination

According to The Guardian, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was hit with an allegation of sexual harassment just days before the network announced his termination.

Attorney Debra Katz said her client alleged “serious sexual misconduct” by Cuomo and had told CNN about the allegation on Wednesday.

Katz said her client decided to come forward after the New York attorney general’s office released a report showing Cuomo had taken a much larger role in helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), following his sexual harassment accusations.

“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” Katz said in a statement.

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Chris Cuomo accused of sexual harassment days before CNN fired him

December 3, 2021

CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo

CNN indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he assisted his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R-N.Y.), who faces federal sexual harassment charges.

CNN said that it came to its decision after reviewing documents released by New York’s attorney general earlier this week. The report found that Cuomo had taken a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than the network had previously known.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” CNN said.

According to the Associated Press, “Cuomo pressed sources for information on his brother’s accusers and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James.”

James found that the former governor sexually harassed at least 11 women.

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

November 25, 2021

Investigation Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ Against Cuomo

A new investigation found “overwhelming evidence” that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) sexually harassed women.

“The former governor’s conduct — as shown in this report — is extremely disturbing and is indicative of someone who is not fit for office,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Lavine (D) said.

Investigators at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a law firm hired by the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, compiled the findings, which also showed that he ordered state employees to help produce his book on pandemic leadership during work hours.

Additionally, the probe found that Cuomo’s staff “substantially revised” a state health department report on nursing home COVID-19 deaths to exclude statistics that might have sullied his reputation as a pandemic leader.

The report’s sections on sexual harassment largely echo allegations made in a previous report by the state’s attorney general last summer.

“We conclude that there is overwhelming evidence that the former Governor engaged in sexual harassment,” the report says.

However, new details did emerge around the $5.2 million private deal Cuomo struck to write a book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons on the Pandemic.

According to the Associated Press, Cuomo had pledged to state ethics officials that the book wouldn’t use any state resources. However, investigators found evidence that the former governor had his staff spend hoards of time on the project.

“One senior state official explained that book-related assignments were given by superiors and expected to be completed, and the work was not voluntary,” the report said. “Another senior state official complained in a text message to a colleague that work on the book was compromising the official’s ability to work on COVID-related matters.”

Junior and senior staff told investigators they were made to work on book-related tasks during their shifts, including transcribing dictations, printing and delivering documents, and attending meetings with agents and publishers.

According to the investigation, one senior official sent and received 1,000 emails regarding the book. The AP reported this individual as Cuomo’s former top aide, Melissa DeRosa.

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Probe finds ‘overwhelming evidence’ of misconduct by Cuomo

November 9, 2021

Prosecutor in Cuomo’s groping case asks for more time to review

Albany Country District Attorney David Soares requested more time from a judge to evaluate the evidence as he investigates accusations that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) groped a woman. Soares said the criminal complaint recently filed by a local sheriff was “potentially defective.”

Soares said the complaint, accusing Cuomo of forcible touching by putting his hand under a woman’s shirt on Dec. 7, caught him off guard. He wrote a letter to Judge Holly Trexler, saying that his office had been investigating the matter for months.

“We were in the middle of that investigation when the Sheriff unilaterally and inexplicably filed a complaint in this court,” Soares wrote. “Unfortunately, the filings in this matter are potentially defective in that the police-officer-complainant failed to include a sworn statement by the victim such that the People could proceed with a prosecution on these papers.”

Additionally, Soares said, the sheriff’s complaint only included part of the woman’s testimony, excluding sections that could be ” exculpatory,” or potentially helpful to the defense.

The judge granted a delay until Jan. 7, 2022.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied any inappropriate conduct.

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Prosecutor in Andrew Cuomo’s groping case seeks more time

October 31, 2021

NY sheriff stands by decision to file criminal complaint against Cuomo

New York Sheriff Craig Apple stood by his decision to file a criminal complaint against disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo for groping a woman last year without consulting prosecutors or the accuser.

“I feel very confident that the district attorney is going to prosecute this,” Apple said at a news conference in Albany.

Cuomo is bound by a court summons to appear for an arraignment on November 17, though that date could change.

According to Undersheriff William Rice, once Cuomo arrives for his arraignment, he will go through the booking process at the sheriff’s headquarters, including being photographed, fingerprinted, and likely handcuffed during a transport to court. The former governor will not likely spend any time in a holding cell, Rice said.

The complaint accuses Cuomo of forcible touching by putting his hand under a woman’s shirt on December 7. Though the one-page document didn’t name the woman, she identified herself as Brittany Commisso, one of Cuomo’s former executive assistants.

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Sheriff defends filing of criminal complaint against Cuomo

September 4, 2021

Time’s Up CEO resigns in the wake of Cuomo scandal

Time’s Up CEO and president Tina Tchen resigned in the wake of news that leaders group advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration after being accused of sexual misconduct.

“I am especially aware that my position at the helm of TIME’S UP has become a painful and divisive focal point, where those very women and other activists who should be working together to fight for change are instead battling each other in harmful ways,” Tchen said in a statement.

Tchen’s resignation comes after Roberta Kaplan stepped down as chair of the board of directors of Time’s Up, a group that advocates for sexual harassment victims, on Aug. 9. An independent investigation explicitly named Kaplan and implicitly indicated Tchen as advising Cuomo on discrediting his accusers.

Tchen became CEO and president in 2019 after Lisa Borders stepped down following sexual misconduct allegations against her son.

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Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen resigns in wake of Cuomo scandal

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