ALBANY, N.Y. (AP
) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
is expected to be interviewed on Saturday as the state attorney general
's office wraps up its investigation
into sexual harassment
allegations that have shattered his national reputation and threatened his hold on power as he prepares to run for a fourth term next year.
The timing of the interview in Albany, the state capital, was confirmed to The Associated Press
on Thursday by two people
familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Cuomo, who stated at the start of the investigation in March that he would “fully cooperate,” was always expected to be interviewed by investigators.
The interview on Saturday indicates that investigators are nearing the end of their work
, which has included interviews with the governor
's accusers, though they may need some time to tie up loose ends before issuing a report.
have accused Democratic
Governor Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks.
Cuomo initially apologized and stated that he had "learned an important lesson" about his behavior around women, but he has since denied any wrongdoing and questioned the motives of accusers and fellow Democrats
who have called for his resignation.
Cuomo, who has been governor since 2011, has refused to resign in the wake of the allegations.
A message was left with Cuomo's lawyer, Rita Glavin, seeking comment, but a Cuomo spokesperson said Thursday that he had no comment, and the state attorney general's office declined comment.
“We have stated repeatedly that the governor does not want to comment on this review until he has cooperated,” Cuomo senior advisor Richard Azzopardi said.
The New York Times
broke the news
of the upcoming interview with Cuomo first.
Former aide Lindsey Boylan claims Cuomo harassed her
throughout her tenure
and once suggested a game of strip poker on his state-owned jet.
Charlotte Bennett, another former aide, said Cuomo once asked her if she had sex with older men. Bennett's lawyer, Debra Katz, said Bennett met with investigators via Zoom
for more than four hours and provided them with 120 pages of records to back up her claims.
Katz and the lawyers for Boylan and another Cuomo accuser, former aide Alyssa McGrath, were contacted for comment.
The investigation into the allegations against Cuomo is being led by the state's independently elected attorney general, Letitia James
, who has appointed former federal prosecutor Joon Kim and employment discrimination
attorney Anne Clark to lead the investigation and document its findings in a public report.
James, a Democrat, is also looking into whether Cuomo violated the law by allowing members of his staff to contribute to and promote his pandemic
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