Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday accused Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and state Lawyer Common Letitia James of “incompetence” and “abuse of regulation” after he was charged with a misdemeanor intercourse crime final week.
“Within the final 72 hours, Sheriff Apple and Tish James have epitomized the worst mixture of politics, incompetence and abuse of the regulation,” the Democrat tweeted.
A metropolis courtroom in Albany, the state capital, on Thursday issued a summons charging Cuomo after a felony grievance was filed by Apple claiming Cuomo groped Brittany Commisso, a former staffer, on the governor’s mansion final 12 months.
Cuomo, who resigned in August, claimed the cost was politically motivated and primarily based on flimsy proof.
A press release on Cuomo’s web site Sunday known as James and Apple “political bedfellows” who’re “abusing their workplace and placing their agenda over their moral and constitutional responsibility,” and that each officers have supplied “zero proof” to corroborate Commisso’s allegations.
“Politics is to be stored separate from regulation enforcement,” the discharge said. “Residents select their leaders in elections not by political prosecution of opponents. That’s the cardinal rule James and Apple have violated and justice dictates that it have to be corrected.”
At a information convention Friday, Apple mentioned he was assured within the power of the case and insisted politics performed no function. He additionally known as the governor’s operatives “bullies.”
James, who oversaw the unbiased investigation that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed no less than 11 ladies, lauded Apple’s choice, releasing a press release that mentioned the “felony expenses introduced at the moment towards Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching additional validate the findings in our report.”
James, a Democrat, introduced her intention to run for governor on Friday, at some point after the grievance was filed.
Fox Information’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.