Cuomo is now reportedly asking New York Attorney General Letitia James and Chief Justice Janet DiFiore to select “an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation” to conduct a “full review” and publish a report on the matter. in an effort to “avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference from politics,” said Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to the governor, on Sunday.
“The governor’s office wants a blameless examination of the sexual harassment allegations made against the governor,” Garvey said, adding that Cuomo’s office “will fully cooperate” with the investigation.
James released two statements on Sunday, highlighting the conditions under which his office could conduct an independent investigation.
“To clarify, I do not accept the governor’s proposal. State executive law clearly gives my office the power to investigate this matter once the governor provides a reference,” James said.
“While I have deep respect for Chief Justice DiFiore, I am the duly elected Attorney General and it is my responsibility to perform this task in accordance with executive law. The governor must provide this referral so that an independent subpoena investigation can be conducted. “
She interpreted the exchange – which she said took place in June as the state struggled with the pandemic – as what the newspaper called “clear overtures to a sexual relationship.” CNN has reached out to Bennett for comment on the latest accusation, which the governor denied in a statement on Saturday.
“The last thing I ever wanted was to make her feel one of the things that are being reported,” Cuomo said, saying “she came to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor “and that” I have tried to be supportive and helpful. “
Boylan alleged in the Medium post that Cuomo invited her to ‘play strip poker’ during a 2017 flight on her taxpayer-funded jet as another aide sat next to her and a soldier of the state behind it. In 2018, Boylan said, Cuomo stunned her with a kiss on the lips after a one-on-one briefing on economic and infrastructure projects in his New York office.
Cuomo denied Boylan’s claims at a press conference in December when she first made them.
In a statement released by the governor’s press secretary on Wednesday, four other people said they were on the October flights with her and that “this conversation did not take place.”
CNN was unable to corroborate the allegations, and when asked for further comment, Boylan – who is currently running for the Manhattan Borough of President – responded that she was leaving her Medium position. speak for itself. She wrote in the post that she hoped to share her story “will pave the way for other women to do the same.”
This story was updated with additional details on Sunday.
CNN’s Maeve Reston contributed to this report.