Assembly Judiciary Committee will release final Cuomo investigation report
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee Monday announced it will release a final report of its impeachment investigation into Gov.Andrew Cuomo.
In a joint statement by Speaker Carl Heastie and Chair Charles Lavine, the committee says it will continue to review evidence before it releases its final report.
"The committee will take all appropriate steps to ensure that this effort does not interfere with various ongoing investigations by the United States Attorney concerning nursing home data; the attorney general concerning the governor’s memoir; and local law enforcement authorities in five jurisdictions – Manhattan, Albany, Westchester, Nassau and Oswego – regarding possible criminal incidents of sexual misconduct."
On Friday, Heastie announced the Assembly would suspend its investigation of Cuomo once he steps down.
BREAKING: @CarlHeastie now says, “The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of @NYGovCuomo” —what many lawmakers/taxpayers have been calling for, for the sake of transparency. @news10nbc— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) August 16, 2021
Heastie said lawyers had advised the body’s judiciary committee that the state constitution doesn’t authorize the Legislature to impeach an elected official no longer in office.
The decision was met with criticism from Republican members of the Legislature and also some Democrats. Former aide Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct, called the decision “an unjust cop out.”
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will take over as governor when Cuomo steps down.