Fredo got a lot of mileage out of the snappy ‘Love Gov’ nickname he used for his brother. Now it’s coming back to bite them.
The information dump released by NY’s AG isn’t just a nightmare for former Governor Cuomo, but for Chris and CNN as well. Because it turns out Chris was up to his neck in helping Cuomo manage that scandal, while also serving as a primetime face of the network.
With egg on their face, a CNN spokesperson has said the network will make a decision on Chris’s fate ‘in the next several days’.
State Attorney General Letitia James has released a massive amount of new information about her investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
…The massive information dump includes new information about the large roll [sic] played by the governor’s brother in devising a strategy to deal with the allegations, plus sizzling new details offered by one of of Cuomo’s chief accusers, Brittany Commisso. –CBSLocal
Remember those under-oath-with-the-penalty-of-perjury statements where Chris claimed to have ‘irregular contact’ with Andrew’s advisors? His own texts are now contradicting him.
Evidence is growing that, with respect to this sex scandal, Chris was to Andrew as Hillary was to Bill. He knew about the allegations, and weaponized his influence, his contacts, and his position in damage control against what Team Clinton so crassly called ‘Bimbo Eruptions’.
When the Democrat Governor got in over his head with allegations of sexual misconduct, his brother with a primetime show on CNN came riding to his rescue… including getting ‘a lead on the wedding girl’.
Not only did Chris coordinate responses with his brother’s advisors he leaned on his journalistic contacts to get a heads-up on what stories were being said about him, and what other allegations might or might not be brewing.
What about Fredo’s ties to Andrew’s inner circle, including top aide, Melissa DeRosa? Here’s some of what is reported in the latest dump of evidence, including some damning text messages, now made public by the New York AG. Chris’s hand has been very involved in the crafting of Andrew’s official statements at critical points in the crisis.
The text exchanges contradict Chris Cuomo’s claims to investigators that he had ‘irregular contact’ with DeRosa. His testimony was subject to the penalty of perjury.
He on March 12 sent her a text, dictating how the governor should respond to calls for his resignation.
‘READ THIS,’ Cuomo said. ‘I will not resign. I cannot resign. I am in a different position and I am working with a different standard than these other politicians I understand why they have to say what they are saying.
‘I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that’s what this is… And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture.’
Discussions centered around Andrew Cuomo stepping down prompted the governor to consider doing so in March, Cuomo said.
‘I told him, ‘If you have done nothing that you believe was wrong, don’t resign,’ Cuomo told investigators. ‘Because resigning is you saying that you did something wrong. Don’t do it.’
Pages of texts show Cuomo strategizing the former governor’s response to the allegations with DeRosa.
In one exchange he questions why one of his statements on Charlotte Bennett’s claims were not used, asking DeRosa: ‘What happened to the statement?’
He sent a follow-up message March 1.
It read: ‘Here’s what he should have said: ‘I have carefully considered Ms. Bennett’s statement and my own conduct. I don’t dispute that our conversation was as she reports. I also do not dispute that my words and supervisory position may have created a hostile work environment. I apologize to Ms. Bennett and will promptly seek to personally communicate my apology to her. I also apologize to the people of New York State, who have a right to better conduct from their Governor. This will not happen again.”
Cuomo also sent DeRosa a later statement which his brother used lines from in responding to the allegations against him. –DailyMail
Cuomo sought information using his position to smear & discredit sexual harassment accusers of his brother and lied about it several times on CNN. CNN wants this to blow over by doing exactly what they've done in the past – Relying on everyone in media just looking the other way https://t.co/oCfSyeIH35
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 30, 2021
After a long time at the pinnacle of power, some of the rivals who may have resented the heavy hand with which he dispatched foes and rivals have their chance to return the favor.
Does the AG have an ax to grind in this fight? Are there conflicting motives? Absolutely.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi released the following statement on Monday’s information release.
“To the surprise of no one, Tish James continues abusing her government power to leverage her political future — prosecutorial misconduct, ethics and integrity be damned. James violated the law in appointing biased reviewers and then she admitted personally interfering in the investigation. —CBSLocal
Azzopardi is right to impugn the integrity of James. We’ve seen the personal vendetta made against Trump, to which nobody on the left seemed to have the slightest objection.
But here’s what he gets wrong. So long as New Yorkers continue to keep NY as a de facto one-party state, personal animus and mutual distrust among disreputable and powerful people is really the only check-and-balance New Yorkers have left to keep other disreputable and powerful people in check.
Private ambitions and base human nature, you will remember, were exactly what the Framers were counting upon when they put the three branches of government in tension.
Is it pretty? No, but it can get the job done.
The Effeminization Of The American Male
by Doug Giles
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