New York Attorney General
The decision is a significant step forward for a civil probe that’s in its early days. The selection of Kim, in particular, signals the seriousness of the investigation, given his long experience handling complex civil and criminal matters in New York.
Cuomo has denied touching women inappropriately and apologized for making anyone feel uncomfortable. He has also refused calls, including from fellow Democrats, to resign, urging New Yorkers to instead wait for the results of James’s investigation.
Kim, who is now with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, succeeded U.S. Attorney
“Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark are independent, legal experts who have decades of experience conducting investigations,” James said in the statement. “There is no question that they both have the knowledge and background necessary to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve.”
The team will investigate the circumstances surrounding the claims of sexual harassment against Cuomo, including his administration’s handling of allegations. They’re empowered to issue subpoenas, examine documents and conduct interviews and formal depositions, James said.
The investigative team will report weekly to James’s office. “Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the team will produce a written report which will include its findings,” James added.
Clark will bring experience handling allegations of mistreatment. Just last week she filed a federal suit in Manhattan against
“In addition to taking action against Skole because she was a woman who stood up for herself, Accenture’s unlawful termination of Skole’s employment was part of its larger pattern of systematically replacing older workers with younger ones,” Clark wrote in the complaint.
Accenture’s press office didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the suit.
Clark in November filed a similar case against
Kim’s experience is also extensive. As a federal prosecutor, he was elevated from chief of the criminal division to Bharara’s No. 2 at a critical time for an office with expertise in insider-trading and securities-fraud prosecutions. And as the U.S. attorney, he led a team of 220 assistants handling everything from cybercrime to terrorism.
Kim returned to Cleary Gottlieb in 2018.
“Joon is one of the most accomplished and distinguished litigators in New York,” the firm’s managing partner
(Updates with detail from the lawyers’ past legal work.)
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