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New York Assembly to suspend Cuomo impeachment investigation

The New York State Assembly will be suspending its impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo on the basis that he steps down.

Cuomo’s resignation was announced on Tuesday following sexual harassment allegations.

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He faced increasing pressure to either resign or face the possibility of being ousted through the impeachment process.

An independent investigation was launched by the state Attorney General which found that Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie stated that the Assembly Judiciary Committee cannot remove or impeach an elected individual who is no longer in office.

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Heastie added that the evidence which was gathered could have resulted in “articles of impeachment had he not resigned”.

A wide-range investigation has been underway since March by the committee on whether there were grounds to impeach Cuomo.

A deadline was set for Cuomo’s legal team to respond with any additional evidence refuting the allegations against him, however, some Democrats had urged for the impeachment to go forward anyway to prevent him from running for office again in New York.

Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine was asked to turn over all the evidence the committee has gathered to the relevant investigatory authorities.

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