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Former Cuomo staffer turned Facebook exec helped smear Cuomo’s accusers

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By Jenny Goldsberry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had a former staffer working at Facebook to smear his accusers according to the Attorney General’s report. Dani Lever was a communications director for Cuomo from 2014 to 2020. Then, she left to become a communications director at Facebook.

First, former aide Lindsey Boylan claimed in a February Medium post that Cuomo had engaged in inappropriate gestures, even including an unwanted kiss. In response, Communications Director Rich Azzopardi gave documents full of Boylan’s personal information to reporters. It was his way of trying to discredit her.

“Ms. Lever coordinated with some of the reporters who received the documents to let them know that the Executive Chamber would be sending them,” the report reads. At that point, she had been working for Facebook for months.

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Meanwhile, Lever other “advisors” including CNN anchor and brother Chris Cuomo never had official contracts with the governor to advise him. “None of them was officially retained in any capacity by the Executive Chamber or any of the individuals involved,” the investigators wrote. “Nonetheless, they were regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information about state operations and helped make decisions that impacted State business and employees — all without any formal role, duty, or obligation to the State.”

While working for the New York governor’s office, Lever even signed a statement denying that Cuomo ever made jokes about playing strip poker with state employees. However, there were other statements regarding the accusation she refused to sign. Later, when she participated in the investigation, she said she didn’t sign them because they amounted to “victim shaming” according to the report.

As a result, some are calling for her to lose her job at Facebook. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called Lever out for “illegal professional retaliation against victims” in a tweet.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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‘Coordinated effort’ to hide Hunter Biden information: Treasury denies request for reports

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The United States Treasury Department has denied Republicans’ request for reports and documents which deal with the President’s son, Hunter Biden. In a bizarre response, Treasury legislative affairs chief Jonathan Davidson sent a letter to the House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer saying they need more detail as to why the panel its seeking such “highly sensitive information.”

Apparently suspicious activity surrounding the President of the United States’ son doing business deals, foreign banking and transactions with overseas entities including China and Ukraine is not obvious enough.

Davidson’s letter did not acknowledge whether such reports on the Bidens exist, but instructed Comer that “improper disclosure” of such information can undermine the executive branch’s “conduct of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security activities.”

Comer responded that “this coordinated effort by the Biden Administration to hide information about President Biden and his family’s shady business schemes is alarming and raises many questions.”

Comer added the panel will continue to request the reports and will use “the power of the gavel to get them if needed.”

Bloomberg News reports:

Comer and other Republicans already said they have evidence that finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were commingled if not shared.

And in an interim report released in November, Republicans surmised that the Treasury Department has at least 150 SARs related to financial transactions of Biden family members.

Nonetheless, in his letter to Yellen, Comer explained, “The Committee is investigating President Biden’s knowledge of and role in these schemes to assess whether he has compromised our national security at the expense of the American people.”

Comer added the committee also “will examine drafting legislation to strengthen federal ethics laws regarding employees and their families.”

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