New York State Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D) revealed the number of tips received during the committee’s public meeting on Wednesday, which was the first gathering that focused on impeachment in almost a month, according to Politico.
Lavine on April 1 announced in a statement that a hotline was established for members of the public to provide information that is “relevant” to the assembly’s impeachment probe.
The hotline, according to Politico, was initiated by the Manhattan law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, which was hired by the Assembly to investigate the claims against Cuomo, including allegations of sexual harassment and alleged wrongdoings related to his administration’s handling of coronavirus deaths and nursing home patients.
Lavine also revealed that David Polk has spoken with attorneys for about 70 people who “may have relevant information,” according to Politico. The law firm has also been in contact with four government agencies about “potentially relevant information — document requests and interviews.”
The number of tips received was disclosed during the public portion of the meeting, which lasted about eight minutes, according to Politico. The committee then entered into executive session to discuss “matters that may disclose information relating to current and further investigations, the disclosure of which could jeopardize the effectiveness of those investigations.”
The Hill has reached out to Cuomo for comment.
Last week, Lavine announced in a statement that the committee would also pursue “other matters that have come to light since the initial announcement of this investigation, including reports relating to the publishing of the governor’s memoir last year.”
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office confirmed that it had received a referral to open an investigation into Cuomo’s possible use of state resources for his recent pandemic memoir, titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
On March 11, New York State Speaker Carl Heastie authorized the Assembly Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment investigation into allegations of misconduct against Cuomo.
In addition to the state Assembly probe, Cuomo is the subject of an investigation by James, who is looking into allegations of sexual harassment made against the governor.