A political advisor working for the then government. Andrew Cuomo wrote to a group of his colleagues and advisers about rumors that he was “sleeping with people he’d worked with for decades,” a text message from the sexual assault investigation that forced him from office.
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The March 3 text was sent by Lis Smith to 10 of Cuomo’s closest confidants — including top aide Melissa DeRosa, spokeswoman Rich Azzopardi and two public prosecutors, Beth Garvey and Judith Mogul — the same day she finally filed the mounting charges against her. addressed to.
“Yes it is good. But it all depends on what else comes out,” Sandesh said.
“He’s been sleeping with people he’s worked with for decades, I’m told. Consensus on the power involved is complicated. As is the flirtation.”
The text is contained in hundreds of pages of documents involving Smith — a former girlfriend of scandal-hit former Governor Eliot Spitzer — compiled by outside attorneys working for state Attorney General Letitia James, who released records Monday. did.
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According to a July 5 interview transcript released by James, Smith told investigators that the words were not actually his, but were copied and pasted from an email or text message sent to him by a Washington Post reporter.
“Have you heard anything about the governor sleeping with people who have been working for decades?” Lawyer Abena Mainu asked.
“I have? No, except for this reporter,” Smith testified.
“Did you ask … for any additional references?” Manu asked.
“No,” replied Smith.
Smith also testified that he was sure those were the reporter’s words “because I remember that conversation very well.”
Smith, previously a senior adviser to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign, said: “This is not the language I would use myself. That’s not how I talk.”
Smith’s messages featured him describing in real time how she was messaging with NBC News’ Katy Toor on March 3.
“Katy is saying my spin is live,” she said.
“Like Verbatim on CNN.”
Cuomo’s communications director Peter Ajemian texted a heart emoji by pollster Jeffrey Pollock before correcting Smith.