Cuomo Lawyers Up: Executive Chamber Hires Criminal Defense Attorney Who Represented Harvey Weinstein
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has hired Elkan Abramowitz, a high-profile defense lawyer who has represented such clients as Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen.
Cuomo is being investigated on multiple fronts by Democrat New York Attorney General Letitia James.
When the Justice Department initially inquired about nursing home deaths, the Cuomo administration is alleged to have intentionally stalled and hid data on nursing home deaths and how they related to his order.
Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa, admitted in a conference call that the administration hid information on COVID nursing home deaths from federal investigators.
James, a Democrat, got the nursing home cover-up scandal off and running with the mainstream media, despite it being common knowledge on these pages.
She accused Cuomo and his administration, particularly officials at the State Health Department, of undercounting COVID deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50%.
Cuomo administration retains criminal defense lawyer over allegations the governor covered up Covid-19 deaths among nursing-home residents https://t.co/0knpOOHyW8
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) March 1, 2021
Cuomo Hires Lawyer Who Defended Harvey Weinstein
The selection of Elkan Abramowitz as defense lawyer may raise eyebrows based on the fact that Governor Cuomo has been accused of multiple claims of sexual harassment.
Abramowitz, though, has not been retained for that reason.
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, claims that Cuomo forcibly kissed her on the lips and suggested “let’s play strip poker.”
The New York Times followed those allegations with a report that a second aide, Charlotte Bennett, had been asked by the governor if she “had ever been with an older man.”
Anna Ruch, the New York Times reports, met Cuomo at a wedding reception where he reportedly placed his hand on her bare lower back and then purportedly “placed his hands on her cheeks” and “asked if he could kiss her.”
A third woman has accused Governor Cuomo of unwanted touching and sexual attention, saying he placed his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her at her friend’s wedding. A friend took a series of pictures of the incident as it occurred. https://t.co/bgvzBK4vK0 pic.twitter.com/hXvgTvSntQ
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) March 2, 2021
Cuomo issued a statement suggesting the governor simply felt he was “being playful” and that he was “joking,” something even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) wasn’t buying.
“Sexual harassment is not funny,” railed de Blasio. “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”
“Sexual harassment is not funny.”
NYC Mayor de Blasio chided Gov. Cuomo on Monday, calling for a “full investigation” of sexual-harassment allegations and the scandal involving underreported Covid deaths in nursing homes https://t.co/8FevQbzJpd pic.twitter.com/A6s0adJ6zg
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 1, 2021
De Blasio would later add that if the allegations against Cuomo are proven, “he cannot govern.”
Cuomo did his best to avoid an independent probe into the sexual harassment claims and instead appointed his own choice to oversee any investigation.
That person – former federal Judge Barbara Jones – just so happened to be a former law firm colleague of former Cuomo aide Steve Cohen.
After a significant outcry, Cuomo’s office relented said that he’ll allow AG James to appoint her own investigators in the sexual harassment investigation.
“The Cuomo administration now faces multiple investigations,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
Abramowitz certainly served his purpose as a defense lawyer for Harvey Weinstein.
The Washington Free Beacon writes:
In 2015, Abramowitz made a $2,100 campaign contribution to Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance after Vance dropped groping charges against his client, Harvey Weinstein. The charges were dropped despite a police recording of Weinstein apologizing to the alleged victim and promising he “won’t do it again.”
POLL: 71% Of Americans Think Cuomo Hid Nursing Home Deaths https://t.co/CXYLF2aGuH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 3, 2021
Cuomo Loses Emergency Powers
NBC 4 New York reports that leaders from both political parties have struck a deal to rescind Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 emergency powers.
“For the last year, executive orders have let Cuomo govern the state with little resistance, whether it was closing schools, mandating people work from home, restricting transit, or stopping (and then restarting, and stopping again, and then restarting again) indoor dining,” they note.
“But as his problems deepened, so did calls for the legislature to regain a measure of control by stripping the emergency authority.”
Just a bunch of idiots fawning over an incompetent clown. There’s a reason most of the country doesn’t trust the media. https://t.co/600KqZVhrJ
— Steve McLaughlin (@SteveMcNY) March 3, 2021
As Cuomo hires a defense lawyer amidst burgeoning scandals, a video has surfaced from 2018 that shows the Democrat railing against former President Donald Trump’s administration for defending Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Cuomo claimed the Trump administration had a chronic “disrespect for women” and wrongly dismissed accusers’ claims.
Now he finds himself in the same boat as Kavanaugh.
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finds the allegations to be “credible.”
“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi (D-CA) said.
Abramowitz is only representing the Cuomo administration in the nursing home matter thus far and has not been retained as a defense lawyer in the sexual harassment inquiry.