THE MAIN POINT
- Biaggi, who has worked in the governor’s office, explained that he met investigators in July in New York City.
- Biaggi told CNBC that his interview with the attorney general’s office for Cuomo’s investigation proved that those investigating the governor’s alleged behavior were very thorough.
- Biaggi did not rule out running for governor or other high-ranking officials.
New York state senator Alessandra Biaggi said on Wednesday she was one of the witnesses who spoke to the state attorney general’s team leading the sexual abuse investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Biaggi, who once worked in the governor’s office, told CNBC he met investigators in July in New York City. Although he did not provide CNBC with details of the conversation, the lawmaker said that when speaking with investigators, he repeated much of what he had publicly described about his experience working for Cuomo.
“I was interviewed,” Biaggi told CNBC when asked if the attorney general’s team spoke to him, confirming that the meeting took place last month at the Big Apple.
Biaggi told CNBC that his interview with the attorney general’s office for Cuomo’s investigation proved that those investigating the governor’s alleged behavior were very thorough and gave every stone to get to the truth.
“Why it’s also important is that one of the things we saw as viewers of the governor’s response was that there was an attempt to undermine the credibility of the coverage,” Biaggi said. “There are also attempts now to undermine the credibility of the witnesses, namely 11 women and more specifically Charlotte Bennett.”
“I think it’s very important for your readers to understand that there is rigor in the investigation and then, where it is found that a witness can be trusted, it is because there is corroborating evidence,” Biaggi continued.
Biaggi previously described the toxic work environment inside the governor’s office. Since the report came out, Biaggi has asked Cuomo to resign, and if not, the state Assembly to impeach him. Cuomo continues to deny wrongdoing.
“This is a culture where people are constantly berated and shouted at,” Biaggi, a progressive who represents New York’s 34th District, said in another interview earlier this year. “There’s a tactic of intimidation going on if you’re not perceived as someone who will simply carry out the governor’s orders or orders in a way that, perhaps, he deems appropriate, even if you believe it’s unethical.”
The New York state attorney general’s report said Cuomo sexually abused at least 11 women and violated state laws along with federal laws. Manhattan and Westchester District attorneys asked New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday for evidence related to her office bomb report.
The report itself did not name any specific witnesses but noted that James’ team spoke to dozens of people.
“During our investigation, we interviewed dozens of individuals, consisting of complainants, current and former members of the Executive Chamber, State Troops, other State employees, and others who interact regularly with the Governor,” the report said.
Biaggi has not ruled out running for governor or another high-ranking official, such as a lieutenant governor or financial supervisor, although he suggested he wait to see what happens next with Cuomo before he makes any future decisions. CNBC reported last month that he was personally considering a major challenge against Cuomo.
“That’s a reasonable question but what I’m going to tell you is that it’s not really my focus at all because it’s not over yet. Not even close,” Biaggi said when asked if he was thinking about running for a higher office, including governor.
“Until this person is out of office, even talking about it doesn’t really help because the most important thing I can do right now, and also until he’s out of office, is make sure he’s no longer in office. in the office, because of the losses he inflicted,” said Biaggi.
“Until it’s done, I think that’s where all our focus should be and anything else, until then, is really very distracting,” he added.