Cuomo Impeachment Inquiry Suspended by NY Assembly

The impeachment inquiry of Gov. Andrew Cuomo by New York Assembly lawmakers has been suspended after Cuomo recently said he will step down from his post. Speaker Carl Heastie, the chamber’s top Democrat, said Friday that the body’s judiciary committee was advised by lawyers that the state constitution does not authorize lawmakers to impeach an elected official if the person is no longer in office. Lawmakers were told they probably lack the constitutional authority to impeach, although the matter wasn’t settled definitely, per a legal memorandum Heastie had provided reporters. Heastie pointed out another reason for ending the impeachment inquiry, saying in a statement, “The purpose of the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation was to determine whether Governor Cuomo should remain in office. The governor’s resignation answers that directive.” The New York Assembly had opened an impeachment investigation in March after at least two former staffers publicly accused Cuomo of having sexually …

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