Gov Cuomo facing ‘severe repercussions’ for what lawmakers are calling ‘witness intimidation’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is feeling the heat after his communications director, Rich Azzopardi tweeted earlier this month that Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the governor could be politically motivated, according to The New York Post

Cuomo faces “severe repercussions” from Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D-Long Island) who told the governor in a letter that it was “difficult for me to comprehend” why his spokesperson would level such an accusation.

According to Azzopardi’s now infamous tweet, James could be pursuing the investigation due to her own aspirations to run for governor of New York saying that James “says she may run against the governor.”

Lavine said in his letter that he formally instructed Cuomo on March 15 that “neither you nor anyone associated with you” would be permitted to engage in any sort of witness intimidation or retaliation and that James was “conducting a parallel investigation” to his committee’s impeachment probe.

“It is obvious that attempts to demean the Attorney General serve as well to undermine the investigation and send profoundly negative signals to witnesses,” Lavine wrote. “It is critically important to realize that any such comment may merit severe repercussions.”

Lavine said in a prepared statement that he was “extraordinarily concerned” by Azzopardi’s “verbal attack” on James, saying it “sends an obviously intimidating message to potential witnesses.”

The July 11 tweet was in response to a report by the Post that the head of the Transport Workers Union International said he was “over” Cuomo saying,“Am I considering an alternative to Cuomo for governor? Absolutely. Definitely,” TWU President John Samuelsen said.

Within two hours of the story breaking Azzopardi tweeted that Samuelsen “is trying to undo pension reform.” He went on to say that, “We also understand he is a political supporter of Tish James and she says she may run against the governor, and he wants more benefits in his contract. Everyone gets that.”

Cuomo hasn’t held a press conference since his initial denial of allegations a the beginning of the investigation into the sexual harassment of current and former female aides began. However, Cuomo’s acting counsel, Beth Garvey came to Azzopardi’s defense on Wednesday saying that “There is a clear difference between actionable retaliation and protected speech and it is clear that the Chairman doesn’t understand the difference.”

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Rachel Ruiz (@guest_382962)
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2 months ago

It’s a sham. This administration would rather speak at high volume of sexual harassment but do you really believe that the American people have forgotten about all the innocent elderly people dying at nursing homes caused by this inhumane beast

Jackk (@guest_382978)
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Reply to  Rachel Ruiz
2 months ago

James is a product of George Soros and therefore bought and paid for !!!

tom (@guest_382934)
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2 months ago

Throw his murdering, lying, fraudulent A$$ in jail…stop the bull……law enforcement need to grow a pair and do their job..

Charlotte Cunningham (@guest_382911)
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2 months ago

The people of New York deserve a governor that follows laws, our constitution, keeps his hands to himself and stays humble. Enough of these stuck up money hungry, self-centered, egoed politicians that only work for themselves. Period.

Angelika (@guest_382895)
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2 months ago

Ah, ULTERIOR Motives…wants to become Governor….

Anna (@guest_382891)
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2 months ago

the border crisi has runed this country caused the spreading of corona virus , I do not agree with the Amnesty garbage, that is not going to wash with millions of Americans especially with all the millions who entered this country legally paid for their citizenship & paid for all their taxes for all the years they have been in the USA, spreading Delta Virus is just not acceptable ever, endangering the lives of the American people spitefully is never acceptable. Every elected official takes the Oath of office past, present & need to take it forever, or do not run for office .

Charlotte Cunningham (@guest_382912)
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Reply to  Anna
2 months ago

Well said!

Good Luck (@guest_382849)
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2 months ago

Its about time

Gary (@guest_382848)
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2 months ago

Couldn’t happen to a better person. Not only should he be impeached, he should be sent to prison for the rest of his life by causing the death of so many families.

Michael (@guest_382845)
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2 months ago

Cuomo just another laying, cheating liberal.

MarkOwen (@guest_382841)
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2 months ago

Why does the DOJ keep wasting time with this guy. We all know what a crook and con man he is. It’s been evident for the last few years. Enough already, He and his CNN brother should be run out of town.
The Cuomo crime family is almost as bad as the Biden crime family.

Angelika (@guest_382896)
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Reply to  MarkOwen
2 months ago

Just run out of town…???? NOOOOOOO….Jailtime is appropriate…..!!!

Greta (@guest_382838)
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2 months ago

shame. James woman is another piglosi, hateful to the core.

rmbs (@guest_382880)
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Reply to  Greta
2 months ago

Letitia James is like dog droppings on the lawn. Mr. Vance is no better. The flies and maggots are feasting on that mess…

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