N.Y. attorney general offers no timeline for Cuomo probe, declines to rule out gubernatorial run


New York Attorney General Letitia James will be featured at a press conference in her New York office on May 21, 2021. | Richard Drew / AP Photo

BY BILL MAHONEY

Updated


ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State Attorney General Letitia James does not offer a timeline for completing her investigation into a number of allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo, including several allegations of sexual harassment.

“I cannot give you a date when it will be completed,” she said. “It will end when it ends.”

The attorney general opened her investigation after several women accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in early February.

James was in Albany Thursday to announce crackdown on suspected drug traffickers who appear to be behind much of the violence in the city over the past few months. It was the first time she’d answered questions from the Capitol press since starting her investigation into Cuomo earlier this year.

She was asked if she would rule out running for governorship in 2022 if Cuomo, a Democrat who might run for a fourth term. New York has no term limits on governors.

“Politics stop at the attorney general’s door,” she said. “I am here to obey the law, I am here to use the law as a sword and shield and to defend our democracy. I do this every day on behalf of the residents of New York State. ”

Cuomo is also facing an investigation by the State Assembly Judiciary Committee, which has begun investigating charges based on some of the same allegations that James is investigating. James said she had “full confidence” in the investigation, but added that she had not coordinated with the congregation’s investigators. “No, we don’t share information,” she said. “This is a separate investigation from the congregation.”

She also said there was “no coordination, no communication” with federal investigators who are also investigating Cuomo’s administration.

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