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Andrew Cuomo’s doubling down. His former aides are scratching their heads.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — For the second time this year, Andrew Cuomo finds himself alone in an almost unthinkable political quagmire. And for the second time this year, Cuomo has given no signals that he will back down. Instead, he’s preparing to fight back.

But unlike in March, when multiple allegations of sexual harassment first emerged, it’s now hard to see any new escape route for the governor, who is under criminal investigation and is facing almost certain impeachment in the aftermath of state Attorney General Tish James’ investigation of his conduct.

The only one who seems to be unaware of the desperate state of affairs is the governor.

Aides close to the governor say he is pushing for a press conference to refute James’s report in further detail, though it’s unclear if and when that plan will come to fruition as they try to talk him down.

Cuomo’s initial response Tuesday was a 14-minute, pre-taped video in which he said he and his family have experienced a hard and painful past few months, but he’d like to share his side of the story.

Cuomo insisted that his words and actions were misinterpreted by the attorney general, the investigators and the women who reported them. He talked with Charlotte Bennett, a sexual assault survivor, about her sex life because he was so moved by her personal story, he said. The hugs and kisses reported by former aides were largely representative of how he greets........

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