Cuomo attorney says sheriff leaked grand jury secrets in sex crime probe

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is claiming that the sheriff that filed a misdemeanor sex complaint against him leaked the information to the public.

After a criminal complaint was filed on Thursday alleging that Cuomo had groped a woman in the executive mansion, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, sent a notice to Albany County’s Sheriff, Craig Apple, formally demanding that any and all records related to the case be preserved (Reuters). This includes any communication between Apple’s office and journalists, lawmakers, other state politicians, as well as the woman Cuomo allegedly groped, who was a former executive assistant identifying herself as Brittany Commmiso. Cuomo described the “probe” of the sheriff’s office as “rogue”.

Glavin said on Thursday that the timing of the accusations was “suspect”, since the complaint was filed the night before New York Attorney General Leticia James announced that she was going to run for governor. Although both Democrats, James and Cuomo are political rivals. In fact, James’ office is conducting its own investigation of Cuomo. Apple denied the accusations from Glavin.

“We will be asking for an investigation of unlawful grand jury leaks, and we are also exploring legal remedies for such leaks,” Glavin wrote in the notice to Apple. Cuomo resigned from being governor in August among growing allegations of sexual misconduct. 




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