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Cuomo Says His Name Was ‘Never Mentioned’ During Corruption Trial

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed he was “never mentioned” during the trial of one of his closest friends and aides. Turns out that’s very untrue.

By NTK Staff | 03.19.2018 @11:00am
Cuomo Says His Name Was ‘Never Mentioned’ During Corruption Trial

The eight-week trial of Joseph Percoco, a close friend and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), helped bring the governor’s approval rating crashing down to earth, and now, it turns out, it’s also making a liar out of the governor.

When asked if the trial, which found Percoco guilty of two fraud charges and one ‘solicitation of bribes and gratuities’ charge, might somehow negatively impact his reelection efforts or political career in general, Cuomo claimed he “was never mentioned” during the trial.

The New York Times, with the rebuttal:

That is incorrect. Mr. Cuomo was mentioned: 136 times, to be precise.

A search of the trial transcripts shows that the governor’s full name — Andrew Cuomo — was spoken repeatedly during testimony, questioning, openings and cross-examination, including 29 times on a single day in February. His family name, including a smattering of mentions of his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, appear almost 500 times. And mentions of the governor — his office, his staff, his campaign, his reputation — were even more common, topping 1,500 occasions.

Cuomo’s attempts to distance himself from Percoco are unsurprising but ultimately futile. He once described Percoco as a “brother,” and his father Mario Cuomo’s “third son.” It’s nearly impossible to walk back language as strong as that.

Still, the governor’s office tried valiantly, claiming on Sunday that Cuomo merely meant that his name was not mentioned “in reference to any wrongdoing.”

Cuomo is no political fool. This corruption trial has the ability to bring down his career, or at least stop it in its tracks. He’s widely rumored to be interested in running for the White House in 2020, but if he’s going to have any shot at that, he’ll need to throw his close friend under the bus and do his best to rewrite history.

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