More details emerge on how fired gay rights group chief Alphonso David advised Cuomo’s team during scandals

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  • The former chairman of the Human Rights Campaign had a much broader role of advising the former government. Andrew Cuomo’s team to tackle allegations of sexual assault previously undetected.
  • Alfonso David told investigators he spoke to Cuomo aides on at least two separate instances during 2020 and 2021 about how he handled sexual assault allegations, records show.
  • He was fired from the group earlier this year after it was revealed that he had provided a confidential file on Lindsay Boylan, one of the allegations against Cuomo, who once worked for the governor, a to the press aide.

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The former chairman of the influential LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign disclosed more information than ever before to investigators advising Andrew Cuomo’s team during the former governor’s sexual assault scandals, according to records released by the New York Attorney General’s office. According.

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Alfonso David told New York state investigators that he spoke to aides of the then-governor on at least two separate instances about how he handled sexual assault allegations during 2020 and 2021.

Both these incidents happened when he was running a human rights campaign. He was removed Running the group earlier this year it was revealed that they had provided a confidential file on Lindsay Boylan, one of Cuomo’s allegations, to a press aide who once worked for the governor.

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David, a lawyer, served in the governor’s office before becoming leader of the HRC in 2019.

David disclosed elements of private conversations with Cuomo officials regarding sexual assault allegations against the then-governor in an interview with investigators from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. Cuomo and James are both Democrats. James is running for governor in a Democratic primary.

According to David’s attorney, David’s advice to the governor’s executive chamber was linked to the role of the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, or GOER. The GOER is to handle inspection and investigation into the treatment of employees working in state agencies.

State Attorney General’s Origin report good Regarding Cuomo’s alleged misconduct, the executive chamber says no complaint was filed against the then governor by former aide Charlotte Bennett to GOER.

According to investigators, about a dozen women have accused Cuomo of misconduct. Cuomo, who has denied wrongdoing, resigned in August after James’ office released its damning report about the findings of his investigation.

“The question is: do you believe that you have given legal advice on questions of sexual assault allegations against the governor since leaving the executive chamber?”, an investigator asked David during an interview for the investigation, according to the transcripts. .

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David replied, “This question is very broad. I can say that I was consulted on a confidential basis regarding the procedure. And I am not sure I can say much more than that.” Later in the interview, he noted that those conversations took place sometime in 2020 and 2021.

David told investigators that he had spoken to Cuomo’s former special counsel Judith Mogul about these issues.

David described these conversations, saying, “I think the subject was taking steps to respond to the process or the complaint or the allegation – the complaint or the allegation. I don’t know which it was.”

James’ office released exhibits and transcripts of interviews with various witnesses, including David and Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

David’s attorney repeatedly invoked the privilege when his client discussed any post-employment interactions with those working in Cuomo’s executive room. David’s legal advisor said he was being instructed to invoke the privilege by Paul Fishman, who was representing Cuomo’s executive chamber at the time.

C Eydiner, an attorney for David, said during the interview: “On the instructions of the Executive Chamber through Mr. Fishman, the Executive Chamber wishes to invoke the privilege regarding post-employment communications between Mr. David and members of the Privilege.” with investigators.

Eydiner sent out a lengthy email in response to CNBC’s questions about David assisting the governor’s team. Among other points, Aydiner told CNBC that David’s attorney for the governor’s team was involved in advising how GOER operates. As James reports, the state investigative group never looked into Bennett’s complaint after it was brought to senior administration leaders.

“Mr. David was directly involved in a series of changes at GOER, an agency responsible for monitoring and processing discrimination claims involving state workers, for many years and before his departure. In his process advice to the Chamber GOER’s role involved and responsibilities. He was one of the most knowledgeable people about its structure and purpose,” Aydiner told CNBC on Tuesday.

An HRC spokesman said no one in the organization was aware of the “procedure advice” David had given to officials, and Referred CNBC For a September statement by the group about its decision to sack David.

The group has previously said that they fired David after their independent investigation following a report from the state attorney general. The group said the report showed David was involved in Cuomo’s response to Boylan’s allegations.

HRC is a well-funded 501(c)(4) nonprofit that has targeted Republicans for their views on gay rights and same-sex marriage, among other items. The group’s 2020 990 tax filing shows that the organization raised less than $45 million and ended the year with more than $25 million in assets. HRC’s website says its corporate partners include Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, Google, Intel, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft and Pfizer.

one in Post On their website, the HRC has what they call a “hate timeline,” which lists what they say are examples of former President Donald Trump disrupting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.


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