No, Not Suspect at All
When interviewed by investigators, former New York Governor Andrew “Rat Faced Andy” Cuomo spent much of his timd arguing over the defintion of terms like, “Date,” “Girlfriend,” and “Butt.”
This sort of rhetorical hair splitting is not consistent with a witness who is being forthright, to put it mildly:
Three months after Attorney General Letitia James’ office issued a scathing report detailing sexual harassment by Andrew Cuomo, her office on Wednesday released transcripts of interviews with the former governor and 10 women involved in the inquiry.
The more than 2,300 pages of interviews offer a glimpse into how Cuomo and top aides interacted with underlings — and how he pushed back on the 11-hour, mid-July interrogation by a former federal prosecutor and a workplace misconduct attorney.
Despite denying the allegations, Cuomo resigned in August under threat of impeachment by the state Legislature. He was charged late last month with a misdemeanor sex crime stemming from an allegation he forcibly touched an aide in the Governor’s Mansion.
In his interview, a defiant Cuomo questioned the motivations of the investigators hired by James’ office to conduct the inquiry, offering meandering answers or obtuse responses, while flexing his legal acumen.
Like his former boss [Bill Clinton], Cuomo deployed a similar tactic with investigators hired by James’ office, questioning at great length the definition of “girlfriend” and “date” when asked about a former actress he had been rumored to be seeing who resembled aide Lindsey Boylan.
On a separate occasion, investigators asked Cuomo if he ever intentionally touched any woman on the butt, which he denied. They asked if he ever touched a woman “near the butt,” which prompted Rita Glavin, Cuomo’s lawyer, to request a definition of what “near the butt” means.
“Do you understand where a human’s butt is? And anywhere near there?” Cuomo was asked.
“Well, ‘near the butt’ now becomes an expansive area,” he replied.
I don’t think that Cuomo will ever see the inside of a jail cell, but it is clear that his political career is over, which is an unalloyed good for the people of the great state of New York.