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Cuomo's lawyers call AG report unfair. How does that compare to 'Troopergate?'

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08.08.2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aides and lawyers are picking apart state Attorney General Tish James' report on Cuomo's pattern of harassment and mistreatment of women, questioning the procedures for drafting the report and asking questions about people who are referred to anonymously.

It was 14 years ago when Cuomo was the state's attorney general that he investigated then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, also a fellow Democrat, for creating information about a Republican legislative leader's use of state travel resources in what became known as "Troopergate." Cuomo, using his power as attorney general, made the decision to launch that probe.

Lawyers representing Cuomo and his administration on Friday disparaged the James investigation — and its verification of 11 accounts of sexual harassment — as a political witch hunt and argued during a lengthy virtual press conference that their clients’ versions of the events were not accurately portrayed in the 168-page document. The report detailed a pattern of harassment by the New York governor against 11 women, nine of whom were state employees.

On Saturday, Cuomo’s personal attorney, Rita Glavin, reiterated that position in a prickly interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown, saying lawyers for other witnesses told her the questioning was targeted and counterarguments for some of the womens’ stories were left out.

“That report is shoddy, it was biased, it omits evidence and it was an ambush,” Glavin said on CNN.

It’s near impossible to determine the private motivations of James, the accusers and lead attorneys for the AG's office Joon Kim and Anne Clark, but there is so far little........

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