NEW YORK (AP) – A lawyer for former Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the sheriff who accused the Democrat of groping a woman to keep records of all communications his office has had with the alleged victim, reporters or other investigators.
An Albany city court this week issued a subpoena accusing Cuomo of forced touching after a criminal complaint was filed by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Cuomo claimed the charge was based on fragile evidence and was politically motivated.
In a letter to Apple on Saturday, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, demanded that the sheriff’s office keep all records related to the case, including any notes from conversations he had with the woman who accused the ex-governor of having groped her, Brittany Commisso.
He also requested tapes of all communications with two legal teams investigating Cuomo’s conduct, one working for the State Assembly and the other for Attorney General Letitia James.
A letter of retention is a standard legal tactic. Defendants have the right to a wide range of evidence and other evidence related to an investigation, which is usually provided before trial.
Cuomo resigned from his post in August after investigators working for James wrote a report finding he sexually harassed 11 women, including Commisso.
James announced on Friday that she was running for governor. Cuomo’s team accused her of deliberately ignoring the evidence in his favor because she wanted him to step down.
At a press conference on Friday, Apple said it was confident in the strength of the case and insisted that politics played no role. He also called the governor’s agents “bullies”.
The AP does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they decide to tell their story publicly, as Commisso did.