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Investigation finds ‘enormous evidence’ of sexual assault by Cuomo, ‘substantially revised COVID death report – The Daily Gazette’

ALBANY, NY (AP) — A legislative investigation released Monday found “overwhelming evidence” that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment and ordered state activists to help him produce his book during working hours Was.

The report also found that Cuomo’s executive chamber “substantially revised” a state report to exclude deaths of nursing home residents in hospitals in order to boost Cuomo’s reputation.

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In March, the Assembly Judiciary Committee commissioned the Manhattan law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, to investigate whether there were grounds to impeach Cuomo.

Cuomo, a Democrat, resigned in August to avoid a possible impeachment trial in the wake of another investigation that found he sexually assaulted at least 11 women. That investigation was led by two independent attorneys selected by state Attorney General Letitia James, who was also a Democrat.

Assembly investigators said they reviewed the sexual assault investigation, as well as the nearly 600,00 pages of documents collected by Davis Polk ranging from photographs to emails to recordings of phone calls to video recordings.

Davis Polk investigators did not interview Cuomo, who instead provided written submissions.

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi and attorney Rita Glavin did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the legislative investigation.

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Cuomo has denied that he ever intended to touch anyone inappropriately and said he never meant to make anyone uncomfortable with the sexual comments.

Cuomo has denied some of the allegations, including an executive assistant’s claim that he groped her breasts last winter at the Governor’s official residence, the Executive Mansion.

Cuomo has demanded that assembly investigators hand over all of their evidence against him, but members of the Judiciary Committee say Cuomo does not deserve that evidence.

“In the face of the impeachment trial, the former governor decided to resign, not to oppose the available evidence and to face witnesses at that legal forum,” said the report released on Monday. “Having relinquished that opportunity, he is not entitled to produce any further evidence from this committee.”

Cuomo frequently issued statements promising to cooperate with assembly investigations, but investigators said he produced only limited documents over the course of about six months.

“However, the former governor never materially complied with the committee’s requests or cooperated with its investigation,” the report said.

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