May 15, 2021 at 5:13 p.m. EDT
Updated on:May 15, 2021 at 5:13 p.m. EDT
The New York Times reported that the attorney general’s investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s behavior was continuing.
Four women who accused the governor of sexual harassment were previously interviewed by lawyers, but the report says they are now being summoned to testify under oath.
Richard Klein is a lawyer and professor at Touro Law School. He said this was an expected next step.
“If the attorney general wants to issue any type of report based on allegations made against Cuomo, the women making those allegations must speak under oath to attorneys-general attorneys,” Klein said.
As lawyers attempt to determine if Governor Cuomo has broken the law or tried to disrupt the investigation, Klein said more subpoenas are likely to be issued and the report may not be released for months.
“I don’t think it will be until then, if you just summon these four critical witnesses,” said Klein.
It could take a while for the gathering’s investigation into Governor Cuomo to also be concluded.
MP Michael Montesano said he had been told that great strides had been made lately and he was expecting an update soon.
“Up until that point I was a little optimistic about the speed, but it comes to the point where you need to increase the pace,” said Montesano.
If the update isn’t as significant as expected, they rated the speed of the investigation as concerns were raised. The Democratic-led rally is moving slowly to buy the governor more time as he is repeatedly asked to resign.
To save money and time, attorneys from the Attorney General’s Office and the Congregation work together, sharing documents, information, and interviews with witnesses.
“We don’t want to subject people to multiple interviews. It’s very emotional, it’s very stressful, it’s very time-consuming,” says Montesano.
As for Governor Cuomo, he has remained largely silent about the allegations, saying he will wait for the Attorney General’s report to be released before giving his side of the story.
Montesano said he is pushing for more interviews to be held in person. Most of them occurred at Zoom, and he had concerns about hacking and the recording of the meetings.