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Chris Cuomo played an outsized role in Andrew Cuomo’s defense


In a statement released after Monday’s release, Richard Azzopardi, spokesman for the former governor, accused Ms James, who is now running for governor, of acting out of political malice towards Mr Cuomo – a position that he and the former governor’s lawyers adopted. taken several times in the months since the report’s release in an attempt to undermine its findings.

“To everyone’s surprise, Tish James continues to abuse his governmental power to leverage his political future – to hell with the misconduct, ethics and integrity of prosecutors,” Azzopardi said. “Today’s manipulated publication of handpicked testimonials with selective redactions is typical. “

Recently released files included copies of text and email messages, as well as transcripts of depositions with many of Mr. Cuomo’s closest associates, including Ms. DeRosa, as well as current and former legal advisers like Steven M. Cohen. , Alphonso David and Jill. Roses.

Filled with screaming game stories, swearing and deep mistrust, they collectively paint a picture of the kind of toxic work culture that many who testified before the Attorney General’s team attempted to undermine as they fought. to keep their boss working and theirs.

“I don’t trust anyone,” Ms DeRosa told several of her closest confidants during a text message exchange, explaining why she – and not an assistant – was sharing the details of the call for a strategic call. In another message released by investigators, Ms. DeRosa describes berating two people, including one dubbed a “sponge” who was among Mr. Cuomo’s accusers.

“I’m on a real roll,” she said, adding, “In my defense, everyone sucks.”

In one case, investigators asked Mr. Azzopardi to comment on whether the governor had ever pelted him with apricots in a fit of rage. He claimed that the story, which was relayed in the testimony of another anonymous staff member, was false.

“Are you serious?” Mr. Azzopardi said. But he also testified, “He yelled at me. I yelled at him, but it was good.


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