New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine announced that the Assembly has retained the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead the impeachment investigation into the mounting allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Since Thursday, Chairman Lavine led a vigorous search for a top-flight firm to assist with the investigation. I have the utmost faith that Assemblymember Lavine and our Judiciary Committee will conduct a full and fair investigation,” Speaker Heastie said. “Hiring Davis Polk will give the Committee the experience, independence, and resources needed to handle this important investigation in a thorough and expeditious manner.”
The Assembly Judiciary Committee was tasked last week with launching an investigation to look into the possibility of introducing articles of impeachment against Governor Cuomo.
The committee will also determine the scope of the investigation, and will most likely be looking into not only the inappropriate conduct allegations leveled by at least six women, but also Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes and the safety of the Mario Cuomo Bridge.
“The addition of Davis Polk will allow my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, and me, to fully and fairly investigate the allegations,” Assemblyman Lavine said. “These are serious allegations, and they will be treated with fairness, due process, and discretion.”
Lawyers that will be part of this team looking into potential impeachment are Angela Burgess, Greg Andres, and Martine Beamon. Andres was also an assistant special counsel in Robert Mueller’s office during the Russia probe.