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ALBANY, NY – New York State Attorney General Letitia James is not offering a timetable for completing her investigation into a number of allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo, including several allegations of sexual harassment.
“I cannot give you a date when it will be completed,” she said. “It will end when it ends.”
The attorney general opened her investigation after several women accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in early February.
James was in Albany Thursday to announce crackdown on suspected drug traffickers who appear to be behind much of the violence in the city over the past few months. It was the first time she’d answered questions from the Capitol press since starting her investigation into Cuomo earlier this year.
She was asked if she would rule out running for governor in 2022 if Cuomo, another Democrat, could run for a fourth term. New York has no term limits on governors.
“Politics stop at the attorney general’s door,” she said. “I am here to obey the law, I am here to use the law as a sword and shield and to defend our democracy. I do that every day on behalf of the residents of New York State. ”
Cuomo is also facing an investigation by the State Assembly Judiciary Committee, which has begun investigating charges based on some of the same allegations that James is investigating. James said she had “full confidence” in the investigation, but added that she had not coordinated with the congregation’s investigators. “No, we don’t share information,” she said. “This is a separate investigation from the congregation.”
She also said there was “no coordination, no communication” with federal investigators who are also investigating Cuomo’s administration.