New York Attorney General Letitia James, known for overseeing the report that precipitated the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, suspended her gubernatorial bid Thursday.
James announced she will no longer campaign for the 2022 gubernatorial contest, instead vowing to continue her job as attorney general. She will seek reelection for her current position, James wrote on social media.
"There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job," she wrote.
I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general.— Tish James (@TishJames) December 9, 2021
There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job.
I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.
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In continuing her role as attorney general, James is requesting former President Donald Trump to testify in her civil fraud investigation. Since the start of the year, James has investigated possible bank, tax, or insurance fraud by Trump and his businesses, stating in May that her office's investigation into the business was "no longer purely civil in nature" and has a "criminal capacity."
James dropped out of the race shortly after a Tuesday poll of registered voters showed her in second place in the state's Democratic primary, well behind incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, who led the poll with 36% of the votes. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams received 10% of the votes, and Rep. Tom Suozzi was at 6%, the poll showed. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has not yet announced a run in the race, ranked at 6%.
The attorney general made headlines for her investigation of Cuomo, who was accused of sexual harassment by a handful of women in early 2021 despite his insistence he never engaged in inappropriate touching. James concluded in an Aug. 3 report that the then-governor had sexually harassed at least 11 women, a finding seemingly corroborated by a separate report published last month by the New York State Assembly, which also unearthed a 12th accuser.
Although Cuomo resigned amid mounting pressure on Aug. 24, he indicated he would continue to vouch for his innocence in his post-governorship, railing against James's "unjust" report in his farewell address to the state. The former governor and the state attorney general, once political allies, have been verbally sparring ever since, with James slamming Cuomo for not taking "responsibility for his own conduct" after he blasted his ouster as "politics."
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In October, Cuomo, who has been floated as a candidate in the 2022 New York attorney general race, was charged with forcible touching regarding an incident that allegedly occurred at the executive mansion, which he maintained "never" happened in recent testimony. The former governor is expected to appear in court on Jan. 7.
A spokesperson for Cuomo has not responded to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.