Cuomo says impeachment was fool’s game he would have won, in first post-resignation interview

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The decision by New York lawmakers to drop impeachment proceedings into disgraced outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a blessing to him, giving him, among other things, the option to portray himself as a noble martyr.

The shocking decision came Friday afternoon, three days after he announced his upcoming resignation in disgrace following confirmation from the New York Attorney General that he’d sexually harassed at least 11 women.

That same afternoon, New York magazine published a stunning interview with the governor in which he portrayed his decision to step down as a noble sacrifice meant to prevent New York’s lawmakers from being publicly humiliated.

To hear him tell it, had legislators proceeded with impeaching him, he’d have won, and they’d in turn have been made into a laughingstock.

“I feel like I did the right thing. I did the right thing for the state. I’m not gonna drag the state through the mud, through a three-month, four-month impeachment, and then win, and have made the state legislature and the state government look like a ship of fools, when everything I’ve done all my life was for the exact opposite,” he said.

“I’m not doing that. I feel good. I’m not a martyr. It’s just, I saw the options, option A, option B,” he added in a transparent attempt to appear humble.

While what he’s doing is obvious to fierce critics like Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, some in the public may not see through his act. And thanks to New York legislators refusing to move forward in their impeachment, they may never see through him.

Worse, according to Dean, is the fact that there will be no true accountability.

In a column for Newsweek published early Friday morning, she noted that Cuomo’s resignation ought to be just the BEGINNING of his accountability, especially since his potentially criminal actions extend way beyond sexual harassment.

“[A] resignation is not accountability, and there are still many investigations that must be completed in due time. It is Cuomo’s actions, after all, that led to the deaths of thousands of our greatest generation,” she wrote, referencing his decision last year to funnel coronavirus patients into nursing homes.

“I don’t care where he goes, or what he does after this. But I do care about all those who never had a chance to tell their stories or to testify in a court of law. And our loved ones who unknowingly risked their lives to a virus that set fire to their homes—who ultimately died alone,” she added.

They all “deserve justice,” she concluded.

Justice that, it appears, they won’t receive, despite New York lawmakers admitting that there’s “credible evidence” supporting the litany of allegations against Cuomo.

“[T]he committee’s work over the last several months, although not complete, did uncover credible evidence in relation to allegations that have been made in reference to the governor,” New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie admitted in a statement Friday.

Heastie reportedly orchestrated the termination of impeachment proceedings with Judiciary chair Chuck Lavine.

“Underscoring the depth of this investigation, this evidence concerned not only sexual harassment and misconduct but also the misuse of state resources in relation to the publication of the governor’s memoir as well as improper and misleading disclosure of nursing home data during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the speaker continued.

“The evidence — we believe — could likely have resulted in articles of impeachment had he not resigned,” he added.

So why did he drop the proceedings despite this evidence? Because, he claimed, in his statement, it’d be unconstitutional “to impeach and remove an elected official who is no longer in office.”

However, the resignation doesn’t go into effect until Aug. 24th, giving lawmakers roughly 10 days to file impeachment proceedings against him.

This is about the number of days that were remaining for then-outgoing President Donald Trump when the U.S. House filed articles of impeachment against him on Jan. 10th.

Facts such as this have led some to speculate that Heastie made some sort of  backroom deal with the governor. He has for his part denied this allegation.

Meanwhile, his colleagues in the New York Assembly have begun pushing back on his dubious claim that Cuomo can no longer be impeached.

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Vivek Saxena

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