On Monday, he again insinuated that his version of events will exonerate him.
“Let the process continue. Let the facts come out. I’m very eager to get the facts to the people of this state,” he said. “And I think when they hear the actual facts of what happened and how the situation has been handled, I think they’re going to be shocked, shocked. Because at the end of the day, the truth, wins and facts win.”
The governor’s latest comments come a week after he sparred with the lawmaker leading the Assembly’s impeachment probe, which is separate from James’ investigation.
Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine, D-Nassau, warned the governor last week about comments made by a staffer made about James, writing in a letter that such conduct “undermine(s) the investigation and send(s) profoundly negative signals to witnesses.”
Lawyer for the governor pushed back, arguing that “there is a clear difference between actionable retaliation and protected speech, and it is clear that the chairman doesn’t understand the difference.”
The Assembly impeachment probe is also being run by outside attorneys. The investigation has faced criticism due to the governor’s connections to Davis Polk, the firm hired by the chamber, and the slow pace of the probe.
In addition to the harassment claims, the Assembly is also looking into allegations that the governor illegally used staff to help him write and promote a pandemic-themed book last year.
Lawmakers are also investigating whether Cuomo helped family and friends get access to scarce coronavirus tests early on during the COVID crisis, the potential hiding of the true number of deaths in nursing homes, issues with the Mario Cuomo Bridge and whether the governor knew of any attempts to suppress or obstruct related investigations.
On Monday, Cuomo indicated that, despite his spat with Lavine, he has faith in the Assembly’s probe.
“The Assembly investigation is broader and has a broader mandate, and is independent,” he said.
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