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Law firm hired to lead impeachment investigation against Gov. Cuomo

The law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will lead the investigation.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A law firm has been retained to lead the impeachment investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

The announcement was made by Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine Wednesday.  

The law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will lead the investigation.

“Since Thursday, Chairman Lavine led a vigorous search for a top-flight firm to assist with the investigation. I have the utmost faith that Assemblymember Lavine and our Judiciary Committee will conduct a full and fair investigation,” Speaker Heastie said in a released statement. “Hiring Davis Polk will give the Committee the experience, independence and resources needed to handle this important investigation in a thorough and expeditious manner.”

“The addition of Davis Polk will allow my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee and me to fully and fairly investigate the allegations,” Assemblymember Lavine said. “These are serious allegations, and they will be treated with fairness, due process and discretion.”

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo said he wasn't going to "take any questions or have any comments on the review at this time."

The governor added, "Let the lawyers do their job and let them conduct the review. And then we can talk about it when we have facts established or a specific situation relative to the review." 

Cuomo has been accused by at least seven women of sexual harassment of acting inappropriate towards them. Cuomo has denied the allegations.