The walls are closing in Andrew Cuomo in the wake of Tish james‘convicting report of your pattern of sexual misconduct. Already facing the threat of impeachment and widespread calls to resign, including from the president of the United States, the embattled governor’s inner circle tightened further Sunday night when his top adviser, Melissa DeRosa, announced his resignation.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life serving the people of New York for the past 10 years,” DeRosa, who was involved in the state attorney general’s investigation, said in a statement to NY1. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state.” The fallout continued Monday morning as the Times’s Up president Roberta Kaplan resigned from the organization after the attorney general’s report found that she “reviewed a draft of a disparaging opinion letter that was aimed at attacking the character” of Cuomo’s accuser Lindsey boylan, the New York Times reported.
The resignations come as Cuomo, who has been embroiled in a scandal earlier this year, faces calls to resign for allegedly “sexually harassing multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.” “I think these 11 women,” James said last week when announcing the results of his investigation. DeRosa, a prominent Cuomo strategist, was described in the report leading the Governor’s “retaliation” response to Boylan’s harassment allegations and contributing to a culture of “bullying” in the administration. He was also at the center of the Cuomo nursing home scandal earlier this year. to admit in a call on Democratic lawmakers to withhold data related to COVID deaths at the facility for fear it will be “used against us.” Donald trumpJustice Department. James in january accused Cuomo’s administration of underestimating nursing home deaths in the pandemic, and reports indicated that DeRosa and others in Cuomo’s inner circle helped him minimize the death toll to allow him to “treat the nursing home problem as resolved last year. “
DeRosa did not directly mention any of the scandals involving the governor’s mansion in his brief resignation statement, but did say that “the last two years have been emotionally and mentally tough.” Meanwhile, Cuomo has denied wrongdoing and has given no indication that he will heed demands for resignation, including from Joe biden. However, it remains an open question whether he can continue to hold out or not. For one thing, the pressure has only intensified in recent days. Former executive assistant Brittany commisso, who alleged Cuomo groped her in his office in 2019, spoke publicly about her allegations against the governor for the first time on Monday, detailing Cuomo’s alleged misconduct on a CBS. This morning interview and calling for “to be held accountable.” “What he did was a crime,” said Commisso, who filed a criminal complaint against Cuomo. “He broke the law.” With few allies, an ongoing Albany County criminal investigation, and an impeachment investigation on the rise, it’s hard to see how Cuomo can move forward.
On the other hand, Cuomo seems determined to weather the storm and seems willing to fight impeachment with everything he has. New York reported, President of the Assembly Carl Heastie and other state Democrats worry that the governor will use any flaw in the investigation to hold onto power, and they believe they may have to make an incontrovertible case against him to topple him. “Of course you are dealing with a person who is very vindictive and crazy,” a Democratic consultant told the outlet. “If you suspect anything you do, he will try to retaliate.”
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