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Cuomo’s lawyer calls for Attorney General Letitia James to recuse herself

/ 06:00 AM November 19, 2021
FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrives to depart in his helicopter after announcing his resignation in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrives to depart in his helicopter after announcing his resignation in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

NEW YORK — A lawyer for Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called on New York state Attorney General Letitia James to recuse herself from any decisions regarding the sexual harassment case against the former governor, saying her gubernatorial campaign created a conflict of interest.

“Her office must recuse as she is campaigning for governor,” said Rita Galvin, a lawyer for Cuomo, calling attention to James’s campaign announcement a day after the Albany County Sheriff’s Office charged Cuomo with a misdemeanor sex offense.

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“Her judgment in those months was absolutely compromised by her political motivations,” Galvin said, referring to the weeks before James’ office issued a report that found Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo has denied wrongdoing. He said he accepted “full responsibility” for what he characterized as ill-conceived attempts to be affectionate or humorous but said he would resign in two weeks for the good of the state.

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The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

James, 63, announced on Oct. 29 that she would challenge fellow Democrat Kathy Hochul, the former lieutenant governor, who replaced Cuomo when he stepped down on Aug. 24 after more than 10 years in office.

FILE PHOTO: New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

James said the five-month independent investigation concluded that Cuomo had engaged in conduct that violated multiple federal and state laws.

Galvin called the report’s contents into question, saying that James had personal motivations to redact certain parts of transcripts and evidence.

The redactions had motivations to cause less damage to some and more damage to others, she said. Galvin also requested that tens of thousands of documents used in the investigation be released.

A criminal complaint charging Cuomo with a misdemeanor sex offense was filed on Oct. 29 in a court in Albany, the state capital.

Galvin also called for James to recuse herself from any investigation that is looking into whether Cuomo and his administration misused state resources to write and promote a book he published last October about his leadership during the early months of the pandemic.

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