AG James makes appointments to lead investigation into sexual harassment claims against Cuomo

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Updated: March 08, 2021 11:18 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 04:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York Attorney General Letitia James Monday announced the two attorneys appointed to lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Joon Kim and Anne Clark were selected to lead the investigation.

Their work will include issuing subpoenas, examining relevant documents and records, conducting interviews and formal depositions and analyzing data related to the investigation, according to the attorney general’s office.

James said the investigation team is required to send her office weekly reports during the investigation, and provide a final written report with its findings at the end of the investigation.

Kim is the former Acting U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and he is currently a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, with a focus on internal investigations and regulatory enforcement and high-stakes litigation.

Clark is a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., focusing on employment law issues, especially employment discrimination.

Kim and Clark will be supported in the investigation by Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo, and Yannick Grant.

Sen. Maj. Leader Chuck Schumer said he has "full faith" in the investigation.

"I called for our AG to do a full investigation and I have confidence that she will do that full and thorough investigation," Schumer said. "She will turn over every stone and not let any outside interference, political or otherwise occur so I have confidence in her investigation."

Attorney Debra Katz, who representing Charlotte Bennett, the governor's second accuser, sent the following statement Monday:

“The selection of Joon H. Kim and Ann L. Clark to investigate claims of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew Cuomo demonstrates that Attorney General Letitia James is taking this matter very seriously. We are encouraged by the experience and background of the attorneys who will be investigating Charlotte’s claims and expect the investigation will extend to the claims of the other women who we know to be out there,” said Katz. “It is important that this investigation isn’t just centered around what Governor Cuomo said and did. It must also focus on the culture of secrecy, abuse and fear that he fostered among his staff—frequently in violation of the very laws he signed to protect workers from sexual harassment. We look forward to cooperating with the investigators.”


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