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Assembly Judiciary Committee authorized to begin impeachment investigation into Cuomo misconduct allegations

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(WBNG) -- New York Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie released a statement Thursday afternoon that he authorized the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation into misconduct allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo.

This comes as the governor faces six sexual-harassment allegations and accusations over the state's counting of deaths at New York nursing homes.

The office of State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D, District 123) has confirmed to 12 News the assemblywoman supports the new investigation; previously, she had stated Attorney General Letitia James' investigation should conclude before any other actions are taken.

The statement from Speaker Heastie reads:

After meeting with the Assembly Majority Conference today, I am authorizing the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation, led by Chair Charles D. Lavine, to examine allegations of misconduct against Governor Cuomo.

The reports of accusations concerning the governor are serious. The committee will have the authority to interview witnesses, subpoena documents and evaluate evidence, as is allowed by the New York State Constitution. I have the utmost faith that Assemblymember Lavine and the members of the committee will conduct an expeditious, full and thorough investigation.

This inquiry will not interfere with the independent investigation being conducted by Attorney General James.

Attorney General Letitia James echoed the Assemblymen's statement this evening, confirming the independent investigation her office is overseeing into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo will continue.

Attorney General James' statement reads:

“Today’s action by the New York state legislature will have no bearing on our independent investigation into these allegations against Governor Cuomo. Our investigation will continue.”

The statements follow a report that the Governor's Office has reported a groping allegation made against Cuomo to the police.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that a majority of state legislators are calling for Governor Cuomo's resignation following the report he groped a former aide.

The AP tally concluded "at least 121 members of the state Assembly and Senate have said publicly they believe Cuomo can no longer govern."

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