What to expect from Cuomo investigation

ABC Senior Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin explains how the investigation into previous allegations of sexual harassment from the New York governor could play out.
2:10 | 03/02/21

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Okay, Stephanie, let's bring in sunny Hostin. Sunny, thanks for joining us this morning of the let's talk about the new accusation first. How does it fit into the investigation? Well, certainly many sexual harassment claims, George, do arise during the scope of employment at the workplace as these other two allegations have, but this latest incident, I believe, may reinforce that governor Cuomo's conduct is not being misinterpreted, is not necessarily just innocent behavior, but part of a pattern and a practice of conduct. You're a former prosecutor so how is the attorney general going to go about this investigation? Well, this investigation, I think, will certainly start off as a civil investigation, many sexual harassment claims are civil investigations and not criminal in nature, although much of the conduct can turn into criminal conduct such as sexual assault, battery, rape. I think that this investigation will be very testimony dependent. This is not going to be a sort of forensic investigation relying on physical evidence but certainly everyingle woman will be interviewed, the governor will be interviewed and corroborating witnesses, George, will be extremely important in a case like this. Did these women immediately speak to someone else? Did these women text someone else? Did these women send letters? Did they report very close in time to these alleged incidents? That will be extremely important in proving the case because you want to rely on the credibility of their recollection. If you were a lawyer defending governor Cuomo right now, what steps would you be taking? I would definitely explain to the governor that he has to stay as far away from this investigation as possible. He cannot be seen as placing his thumb on the scales of this investigation at all whatsoever. He has to stay far away from it and make sure that the attorney general leads this independent investigation without any interference from the governor's Sunny Hostin, thanks very much.

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