Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo via his attorney Saturday requested the Albany County sheriff to “preserve all records” related to the investigation that led to Cuomo’s misdemeanor charge of forcible touching.
A metropolis court docket in Albany, the state capital, this week issued a summons charging Cuomo after a prison criticism was filed by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Cuomo has claimed that the charge that he groped Brittany Commisso, a former staffer, on the governor’s mansion final 12 months was primarily based on flimsy proof and was politically motivated.
“We anticipate you to preserve every little thing relating to your investigation and have set forth beneath a non-exhaustive listing of particular classes for which we request preservation,” Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin wrote, in accordance to the Albany Times-Union. “First, we request that you preserve all records relating to your and your workplace’s communications with Brittany Commisso and her attorney, together with however not restricted to phone records, textual content messages, e mail and some other digital communications, notes, memoranda, recordings, and calendar entries.”
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A preservation request is a normal authorized transfer. Criminal defendants are entitled to a broad scope of proof and different materials related to an investigation, which is often turned over earlier than trial.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi known as the sheriff’s fees an “abuse of energy.”
“In an try to deflect from his weird and unprofessional rouge investigation… Albany Sheriff Craig Apple claimed there was an ‘overwhelming quantity of proof’ gathered on this case …What did happen was a transparent abuse of energy by the Sheriff and we plan to get to the underside of it,” he stated, the Times-Union reported.
At a news convention Friday, Apple stated he was assured within the energy of the case and insisted politics performed no position. He additionally known as the governor’s operatives “bullies.”
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Cuomo resigned in August after an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James discovered he had sexually harassed 11 girls, together with Commisso.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.