New York Attorney General Letitia James' office is complying with a request from local prosecutors to not release at this point transcripts of interviews generated by the independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations leveled against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, she said on Wednesday.
"We cannot release it, we would like to release it because we believed in transparency," James told reporters during a stop at the State Fair. "The districts attorneys have asked us not to release the transcripts and we are cooperating with them."
District attorneys have announced they are reviewing some of the allegations against Cuomo contained in the report, which found the former governor sexually harassed multiple women. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing, though has acknowledged some actions and things he have said were taken out of context.
The allegation by Brittany Commisso, a woman who worked in Cuomo's office, that he groped her at the executive mansion in Albany is now part of a criminal investigation by the Albany County Sheriff's Office. James said her office is working with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple on the probe.
Cuomo's attorneys have called for the release of materials generated by the sexual harassment investigation, arguing some of the documents could provide better context and a more balanced view of Cuomo's interactions with the women.
Cuomo resigned last week following the release of the report, insisting it was not an admission of guilt, but done so in order to avoid a messy impeachment fight in the state Legislature. But his former aides have argued Cuomo was railroaded by the investigation, and charged James would eventually run for governor herself in 2022.
James on Wednesday said she sidestepped a question about running for governor, pointing to her office's ongoing probes of Cuomo's alleged use of government resources to write a book about the pandemic as well as a criminal referral into an alleged leak to the ex-governor on the action's at the state's ethics panel.
"I don't want to politicize the events of today," she said. "I have still some investigations we have to conduct."
And James is also standing by the report itself which ultimately led to Cuomo's resignation following a decade in power.
"I don't want to politicize or undermine the report," she said. "At the end of the day, the 11 women spoke their truth and I believe the women."