New York Assembly Impeachment Proceedings Could Take Weeks
At the earliest, it could be the end of the month before a vote comes on whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should be impeached.
The Democrat is facing not only allegations of sexual misconduct, but is also accused of misreporting COVID deaths in nursing homes and using state resources to write his multi-million dollar book on his response to the pandemic.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee met in a scheduled legislative session August 9 to discuss the proceedings.
The panel has a lot to go over in addition to the long list of accusations. There has only been one impeachment prior in New York State history and lawmakers are going over the state’s constitution and protocols.
The methodical wading through evidence, which could include more information from the Governor, which is due Friday, August 13 is going to take weeks according to committee members and a move to write up articles of impeachment may not come before September.
If the Assembly does vote to impeach, the three-term governor would be forced to at least temporarily step aside.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would then become acting governor while Cuomo's impeachment trial is conducted in the state Senate.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and has refused very loud calls, even from long-time supporters, to resign before impeachment becomes the reality.
Cuomo's lawyers, even as late as August 9 when an interview with one of his accusers who filed a criminal complaint against the Governor, was being aired on CBS, were on television soundly denying the woman's claims. The Governor and his legal team say inappropriate touching "never happened."
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