New York Attorney General Letitia James on March 8 has appointed two attorneys to lead the investigation on the sexual harassment claims against Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In a statement, James announced that former Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark will conduct a “thorough and independent investigation” on the claims made by at least five women, including three former aides, against Cuomo.
James said that Kim and Clark are “independent, legal experts who have decades of experience conducting investigations and fighting to uphold the rule of law.”
“There is no question that they both have the knowledge and background necessary to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve,” James also said.
Kim and Clark will also be supported by Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo, and Yannick Grant in the investigation, according to the statement.
Representing Charlotte Bennett, one of Cuomo’s former aides who accused him of sexual harassment, Attorney Debra Katz applauded the appointments.
“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,” Katz said.
The appointments came a day after Cuomo refused to resign over the sexual harassment claims.
“There is no way I resign. Let’s do the attorney general’s investigation. Let’s get the findings, and then let’s go from there. I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Cuomo said at a conference call last March 7.
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