Andrew Cuomo’s lawyer used the disgraced ex-governor’s campaign website Wednesday to claim that an exclusive report by The Post showed Attorney General Letitia James violated the terms of her deal to commission the independent sexual harassment investigation that forced him from office.
During a livestreamed news conference, lawyer Rita Glavin said the Oct. 1 scoop — about a speech in which James hinted she might mount a campaign for governor next year — proved the attorney general had a “political conflict” that tainted the probe.
“At a Sept. 30, 2021, Ulster County Democratic dinner, she admitted that she was personally involved in the investigation,” Glavin said.
Glavin then read aloud from The Post’s report and quoted James as saying that unspecified Cuomo accusers “came into my office and told me about the fact that Albany was toxic. How they were harassed. I believed them because they were specific. They gave me concrete examples.’”
Glavin said James’ remarks made it “clear that she did not hand the reins of the investigation totally over an independent law firm,” as Glavin said was required under terms of a March 1 letter in which Cuomo authorized her to hire an outside law firm to conduct the probe.
Glavin also said James’ apparent political ambitions gave her “a motive to draw every possible inference against the governor, who was a political rival and planned to run for a fourth term.”
During a subsequent Q&A session, Glavin sidestepped a question from The Post about why the news conference was being livestreamed on Cuomo’s campaign website, which is still set up to accept political contributions.
“I can’t speak to whether the governor is, is running,” she said.
“In terms of whether or not this is being livestreamed through the campaign, I’m the wrong person to ask procedurally on this. But what I can say is that this relates to allegations made against the governor while he was governor of the state, relating to his official duties and how he worked with employees.”
Glavin added: “And I think it’s perfectly permissible for his campaign, you know, to spend money for him to get the message out.”
Cuomo has been lying low since he moved out of Albany’s Executive Mansion in Albany and was succeeded by Gov. Kathy Hochul, formerly his lieutenant governor, on Aug. 24.
But poll results released Tuesday showed Cuomo in second place in a potential Democratic primary race for governor next year — far behind Hochul but ahead of James, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Mayor Bill de Blasio, in that order.
Also during Wednesday’s news conference, Glavin demanded that a “truly independent reviewer” be named to consider 150-page submission by Cuomo raising objections to the report James released in August, which found that he sexually harassed 11 women, including nine current or former state employees.
James’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a spokesperson for Hochul, who would presumably be the person to appoint an outside reviewer.