NY lawmaker leading Cuomo investigation raises concerns over aide’s comments

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The lawmaker leading the impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo is raising concerns about comments made by one of the governor’s top aides — about the state Attorney General.

Democratic Assemblyman Charles Lavine sent a letter to Cuomo, likening remarks made by Senior Adviser Rich Azzopardi to a "verbal attack" against Letitia James.

The AG’s office is currently investigating the governor on sexual harassment claims.

Azzopardi has criticized that as "politically motivated", suggesting James is seeking to run for governor.

The governor’s legal team says "There is a clear difference between actionable retaliation and protected speech and it is clear the chairman doesn’t understand the difference."