I did YOU all a favor: Defiant Cuomo says he quit for the good of NY and boasts he would have ‘won’ his impeachment battle in first interview since sex-pest resignation: Tried to cut deal to serve out remainder of his term
- Cuomo said he did the right thing for New Yorkers by resigning and not dragging the state through an impeachment trail, which he would win
- ‘I feel like I did the right thing,’ Cuomo says in first interview after resigning amid the state’s report that he sexually harassed 11 women
- Claimed he did not want the state government to ‘look like a ship of fools’
- Cuomo tried to cut a deal with state leaders, promising not to seek a fourth term in office if they stopped the impeachment investigation
- Says he does not know what he will do or where he will live next
In his first interview after announcing his resignation as Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo said he did New Yorkers a favor by not ‘dragging the state’ through a months-long impeachment investigation, only for him to win and make ‘the state government look like a ship of fools.’
‘I feel like I did the right thing. I feel good. I’m not a martyr,’ Cuomo, who resigned after a report from the state found that he had sexually harassed 11 women, told New York Magazine.
Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday, which will take effect on Aug. 24. He told New York Magazine that he did not know what he would do next or where he will live after leaving the Albany governor’s mansion.
Uh, I don’t know what I’m gonna do,’ Cuomo said. ‘I’m not disappearing.’
Andrew Cuomo was pictured walking in the grounds of the New York State Mansion on Friday
Cuomo resigned on Tuesday, before the Assembly could launch an impeachment trial that would not only block him from running again but would stop him from claiming his pension
Despite saying he left on his own terms, Cuomo enacted last-ditch efforts in the days leading up to his resignation to cut try and cut deals with members of the state assembly, such as promising not to run for a fourth term if they did not impeach him.
‘If he saw any possible way out, any possible deal that could have been worked out with the legislature for him to leave more gracefully, he would have kept fighting,’ one person close to Cuomo told the magazine. ‘But there was just no path, and for once in his life, there was no one around him to even tell him there was a path.’
The New York State Assembly ultimately suspended their impeachment investigation on Friday.
Carl Heastie – the NY State Assembly Speaker who was overseeing the investigation – said it had been suspended.
He said it came to the attention of the committee that the legislature ‘couldn’t impeach’ an official who was no longer in office, but admitted that if they’d continued, they’d have likely voted to impeach based on the evidence.
He claimed they would turn over all of the evidence they have found since March to relevant authorities.