A prosecutor in New York is in the midst of a criminal investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he said Tuesday.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a statement that his office had been made aware of a report made public earlier in the day by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who called for an investigation into sexual assault allegations against fellow Democrat Cuomo. A team of legal experts was tapped for this.
The report corroborated some of the allegations, finding that Cuomo harassed several women.
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually assaulted multiple women, and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James said at a news conference.
Democrat K Soares said his office would formally request investigative material obtained by James’ office, while encouraging any victims to contact his office directly with additional information.
“As this case is developing and we are reviewing the document issued by the Attorney General today, we would like to refrain from any additional public comment at this time regarding the status of the ongoing criminal investigation by our office,” Soares said. he said.
Investigators tapped by James stopped short of recommending prosecution.
“While concluding that the governor has engaged in unlawful sexual harassment, we do not conclude in this report whether the conduct should or should not be the subject of criminal prosecution,” he said in a footnote to his report.
The team said some criminal officers, including the Albany Police Department, have been alerted to some of the charges.
“I would say it is our understanding that there is already a report with the Albany Police Department about the young woman whose breasts were groped. As the attorney general said, for anything else, all the information in the report is fully documented and any prosecutor or police department can look at the evidence and determine if they want to take further action,” Anne Clarke, one of the investigators, told reporters.
Cuomo said in a video message that he would not resign and would backtrack on the findings.
“I have never touched anyone inappropriately or had inappropriate sex,” he said in the video.
Democrats at the state and federal levels have asked Cuomo to step down in light of the proven allegations.
James said later Tuesday that his office had provided the report to the New York Assembly Judiciary Committee, and would submit all relevant evidence.
“We will cooperate with their investigation as needed,” he said.
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