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Cuomo accuser’s lawyer alleges Cuomo ‘interference’ in NY AG’s probe

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A lawyer for one of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s (D) sexual harassment accusers alleged Monday that the governor’s office is interfering in the state attorney general’s independent investigation into various women’s claims against him.

In a letter to New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), the lawyer for former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett referenced a recent report “that the Executive Chamber is providing staffers with in-house attorneys to meet with them in advance of their investigatory interviews […] and to attend those interviews with them” and objected to the reported conduct.

“It is my understanding that these attorneys are also ‘debriefing’ staffers after their interviews with investigators,” wrote lawyer Debra Katz.

“This is highly improper and we object in the strongest possible terms to this obvious interference with what you have stated would be a ‘thorough and independent’ investigation,” Katz continued in her three-page letter.

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Furthermore, Katz wrote to James that the three-term governor’s move “will have a chilling effect on potential witnesses or other accusers” who wish to participate in the investigation but who “fear job-related retaliation if they tell the investigators about the Governor’s sexual harassing behavior and misconduct of those around him.”

“We urge to issue a directive to the Governor to cease this highly improper practice,” she added.

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Started earlier this month, the investigation is being carried out by outside lawyers headed by former acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim and longtime employment lawyer Anne Clark.

“We believe this offer of counsel constitutes a deliberate attempt by the Governor to interfere with your office’s investigation,” Katz also wrote.

Katz also urged James to “issue a public statement” denying a report that her office had ordered the Executive Chamber to conduct a “parallel” probe into claims that he groped an unidentified female aide in the Executive Mansion late last year.

Just last week, a current aide to Cuomo, Alyssa McGrath, publicly accused the governor of attempting to cover up the alleged groping incident by asking that accuser “specifically not to tell me” about it.

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The 25-year-old Bennett has accused Cuomo of inquiring about her sex life, such as if she had ever slept with an older man, which gave her the impression that the governor wanted to start a sexual relationship with her. Cuomo has apologized, alleging he never meant to say anything offensive and “never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”

In an interview with CBS News earlier this month, Bennett didn’t accept Cuomo’s apology. “It’s not an issue of my feelings […] It’s an issue of his actions,” Bennett said. 

“The fact is that he was sexually harassing me and he has not apologized for sexually harassing me,” she added.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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