Cuomo ‘eager’ to tell his story, but state AG hasn’t interviewed him yet

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has not been interviewed as part of state Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women, though he added that he is “eager” to tell his side of the story.

James opened a probe into Cuomo earlier this year after several women, including current and former staffers, accused him of harassment and inappropriate behavior. The governor is also under investigation by the state Assembly, which is considering articles of impeachment.

Asked at an event in Buffalo on Thursday if he has spoken with investigators from James’ office, Cuomo said: “I have not.”

“But I can tell you this — I have tried to be respectful of the process. At the same time it has been very difficult letting people make accusations and not responding, and people have only heard one side of the story. I used to tell people when I was attorney general … when someone came in and said ‘well, I heard this,’ I said, ‘until you hear both sides of the story, you haven’t heard anything.’ People have heard one side of the story. I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come.”

Cuomo has periodically offered an explanation for his conduct. He has said that kissing people is his “usual and customary way of greeting,” for example. But of late, he has rarely offered direct responses to questions about the allegations, citing the pending investigations.

“Theoretically the way it’s supposed to work is the AG, the Assembly say, ‘we’re doing a review,’ they then do a review and the review is done privately,” he said on Thursday. “Here what has happened is the complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaint in the press, and I have not been able to respond. That’s not fair and it’s not right. So I’m trying to be respectful, but I’m very eager to tell my side of the story.”

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has said that James has the authority to look into Cuomo’s decisions on nursing homes, and he has granted her the authority to investigate allegations that state resources were used to help draft a book Cuomo published last year.

The Assembly is conducting a broad examination into a similar list of topics as part of its impeachment investigation.

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Asked at an event in Buffalo on Thursday if he has spoken with investigators from James’ office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: “I have not.” | Spencer Platt/AP Photo

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has not been interviewed as part of state Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women, though he added that he is “eager” to tell his side of the story.

James opened a probe into Cuomo earlier this year after several women, including current and former staffers, accused him of harassment and inappropriate behavior. The governor is also under investigation by the state Assembly, which is considering articles of impeachment.

Asked at an event in Buffalo on Thursday if he has spoken with investigators from James’ office, Cuomo said: “I have not.”

“But I can tell you this — I have tried to be respectful of the process. At the same time it has been very difficult letting people make accusations and not responding, and people have only heard one side of the story. I used to tell people when I was attorney general … when someone came in and said ‘well, I heard this,’ I said, ‘until you hear both sides of the story, you haven’t heard anything.’ People have heard one side of the story. I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come.”

Cuomo has periodically offered an explanation for his conduct. He has said that kissing people is his “usual and customary way of greeting,” for example. But of late, he has rarely offered direct responses to questions about the allegations, citing the pending investigations.

“Theoretically the way it’s supposed to work is the AG, the Assembly say, ‘we’re doing a review,’ they then do a review and the review is done privately,” he said on Thursday. “Here what has happened is the complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaint in the press, and I have not been able to respond. That’s not fair and it’s not right. So I’m trying to be respectful, but I’m very eager to tell my side of the story.”

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has said that James has the authority to look into Cuomo’s decisions on nursing homes, and he has granted her the authority to investigate allegations that state resources were used to help draft a book Cuomo published last year.

The Assembly is conducting a broad examination into a similar list of topics as part of its impeachment investigation.

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