New York state Assembly members may draw near to ending their impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo before the end of this month and plan to release their findings to the public at that time, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine said on Monday, Politico reported.
The committee met on Monday for the first time since the release of the report by state Attorney General Tish James that corroborated accusations of sexual misconduct made against Cuomo, with lawmakers on the committee quickly ushered into a closed session to decide on the next steps in moving toward calling a vote to impeach the governor.
"Our investigation remains confidential, as it should be, and at the appropriate time — and as early as later this month — we will discuss the evidence publicly in an open and transparent manner once the investigation is either completed or close to completion," Lavine said in opening remarks.
He added that "the findings and content of the [James'] report are deeply disturbing. We will review that report in detail, including the underlying evidence and consider it, together, this committee’s own independent investigation."
The committee members are expected to work out the timing of their probe, when public hearings may be held, and what charges might be brought against Cuomo, a Democrat.
The governor is facing widespread calls to step down, including from many leaders of the Democratic Party, but he has so far refused to resign.
On Sunday night, top Cuomo adviser Melissa DeRosa, who was implicated in James' report, resigned, CBS News reported.
DeRosa was one of several staffers accused of changing a state Health Department report to try and hide the true number of people killed by the coronavirus in New York’s nursing homes.
The Judiciary Committee has been conducting its own investigation for months into the sexual misconduct allegations and is also probing other controversial issues, such as Cuomo's alleged use of public resources to help write a book and his handling of coronavirus outbreaks connected to nursing homes, Politico reported.
The committee last week sent a letter to Cuomo’s attorneys requesting that they provide any additional evidence before Aug. 13, accordiing to CBS News.
At the most recent hearing on June 30, Lavine said investigators were busy reviewing more than 100,000 pages of documents, including, "email, texts and letter correspondence, photographs, personnel records, training materials, policies, reports, contracts, transcripts and other material."
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