It is not looking good for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. An effort to force his resignation amidst a sexual harassment scandal is gaining steam. His state’s two US senators, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, have both called on him to resign. In addition, most of the 27 members of the state’s representation in Congress have also asked the governor to step down as more women come out with stories about how he acted inappropriately over his years in office.
Removal From Office?
So what will it take to remove Cuomo from office if he does not step aside on his own? The New York State Assembly has already announced that they will direct an impeachment investigation. This is the first step needed to possibly strip Cuomo of his role in leading the state.
Details of Investigation
The investigation will be led by Attorney General Letitia James. She is an independently elected Democrat. As part of the investigation, James brought in former US Attorney Joon Kim along with employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark to lead the investigative efforts. This group of investigators will be able to interview people who may have witnessed the inappropriate conduct. The team can also subpoena documents to provide additional evidence.
New York Impeachment Process
The process to impeach a governor in New York begins in the state’s Assembly, the lower house of its Legislature. An official trial will be conducted if a majority of the members vote to impeach the governor. In order to remove Cuomo from his post, at least two-thirds of the jurors need to convict him.