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The revelation Tuesday that the impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo would likely take months led another former aide to say she won’t cooperate with state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
Ana Liss told The Post, “With regard to the Assembly probe, I am ill at ease.”
“I cannot confidently participate knowing about the controversial ties, lack of transparency, politicization, and non-participation on behalf of my fellow accusers whose claims are more egregious/explicit than mine,” she said in an email.
Liss’s remarks came after ex-Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan last week called the Judiciary Committee probe a “sham” and accused Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) of using it as a delay tactic on the governor’s behalf.
“Do not trust @CarlHeastie. His impeachment investigation is not designed to be transparent or to move fast, and there’s nothing @NYGovCuomo wants more than time,” Boylan tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for a third accuser, former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, told The Post on Tuesday that her client “is committed to cooperating with all appropriate governmental inquiries, including the impeachment investigation.”
But lawyer Debra Katz added that “questions remain about the independence” of the impeachment probe.
Last week, Katz said the white-shoe law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, which was hired to assist lawmakers with the investigation, had an “unacceptable conflict of interest” because Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s husband was a partner there for more than three decades.
Liss, Boylan and Bennett have all been interviewed already by the outside lawyers hired by Attorney General Letitia James for an independent investigation of the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.
Earlier Tuesday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D-Long Island) said the impeachment investigation would likely take “months, rather than weeks” due to “the breadth and seriousness of the issues.”
Lavine noted that Heastie “has directed us to examine all credible allegations, including but not limited to” those involving sexual harassment and assault, the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of state bridges.
Lavine also said that “the key is, including but not limited to” those matters.
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