New York government Andrew Cuomo could be in trouble after the head of his impeachment inquiry said an outspoken aide to the governor went too far in a tweet about the state attorney general Letitia James , who is conducting a separate investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
In a letter to the governor on Wednesday, State Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine reminded Cuomo that in March, he warned him "that neither you nor anyone around you engage in acts of intimidation, retaliation " or attempts either against those who have made complaints against Cuomo or against 'possible cookies.
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"So it's hard for me to understand your communications director tweeting that Attorney General James, whose office is running a parallel investigation, " says she might run against the governor ", Lavine wrote. "It is evident that attempts to demean the attorney general also serve to undermine the investigation and send deeply negative signals to witnesses.
Cuomo Rich Azzopardi's communications director had tweeted in response to a New York Post about transit workers union president John Samuelsen stating that he no longer supports Cuomo.
"Sameulson is an extortionist trying to undo the pension reform.We also understand that he is a political supporter of Tish James and she says she could takesue the governor, and he wants more benefits in his contract "said Azzopardi.
" It is extremely important to realize that such a comment can have serious repercussions "Lavine said in his letter, recalling how he told Cuomo in March that intimidation or retaliation on his behalf" may be seen by the Committee as an attempt to prevent others complainants and witnesses to come forward. "
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The attorney general's office told Fox News it "was not going to comment " on Azzopardi did not respond to a request for comment.es from Fox News.
Cuomo's acting attorney Beth Garvey has defended Azzopardi's comments as being protected by free speech.
"There is a clear difference between actionable retaliation and protected speech and it is clear that the President does not understand the difference," Garvey said.
On Saturday, Cuomo was questioned before investigators as part of the Attorney General's sexual harassment investigation.
The New York Democrat was accused by at least eight women of sexual misconduct, including unwanted touching, inappropriate remarks and creating an uncomfortable working environment for female staff.
Investigators have already spoken to Cuomo's accusers, and it is believed the investigation may be in the final stages.
Fox News 'Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.