Attorney General Letitia James insisted her office's investigation into the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo won't be tainted by politics, and at the same time said it would be "thorough and comprehensive."
"Our investigation will conclude when it concludes," she said. "It's very thorough and comprehensive."
The comments, made at a news conference in which James was outlining police brutality reform legislation, came weeks after a top advisor to the governor pointed to the perceived ambitions of James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to one day run for governor. The comments are also the most extensive James has made about the investigation since it was launched earlier this year as Cuomo continues to fight for his political future in a job he's held since 2011.
James's office in March was asked by Cuomo to launch a subpoena empowered investigation after multiple women accused Cuomo of sexually inappropriate comments and behavior. That probe is being co-led by a pair of outside lawyers, employment discrimination specialist Anne Clark and Joon Kim, a former federal prosecutor.
In April, DiNapoli asked James's office to investigate the use of government aides by Cuomo to help him write a book last about the pandemic.
"We have officially jumped the shark. The idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on," senior advisor Rich Azzopardi said in response to the investigation surrounding the book. "This is Albany politics at its worst. Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor, and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest."
James in response on Friday called the comments "personal attacks on me and my office."
"Politics stops at the door," she said. "Anything other than that, obviously I ignore."
Cuomo has publicly and privately urged fellow Democrats to wait for the conclusions of James's report amid calls for his resignation. Cuomo in recent weeks has said he is "eager" to tell his side of the story surrounding the sexual harassment allegations.
Earlier this month, Cuomo urged fellow Democrats to not take the potential findings in the investigation at face value.
"I’m not telling anyone to have faith in anything," Cuomo said during a news conference in Manhattan. "Everybody makes their own decisions."
While he was attorney general, Cuomo's office led investigations of fellow Democratic Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.