Cuomo impeachment probe suspended by New York State Assembly

The New York State Assembly is suspending its impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo after his resignation announcement, officials announced Friday.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the results of their probe into sexual harassment allegations and other conduct in office “could likely have resulted in articles of impeachment had he not resigned.”

PHOTO: Governor Andrew Cuomo talks about his daughters while announcing that he is leaving office after sexual harassment allegations against him in New York, Aug. 10, 2021.

After consulting with Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine, Heastie cited two reasons for suspending the investigation.

Firstly, because the investigation was to determine whether Cuomo should remain in office, and secondly because Lavine and counsel advised the Assembly “of the belief that the Constitution does not authorize the Legislature to impeach and remove an elected official who is no longer in office.”

The probe into Cuomo was launched in March and did “uncover credible evidence in relation to allegations that have been made in reference to the governor,” Heastie said.

That evidence included sexual harassment and misconduct claims as well as the misuse of state resources regarding the governor’s memoir and the “misleading disclosure” of nursing home COVID-19 data.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied all claims of sexual harassment but did apologize to his accusers in his resignation speech.

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