Cuomo halted investigation into Weinstein after donation

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on JAN 28, 2019

The suspension was halted for six months on June 26, six days after David Boies's firm donated the money.

Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended an ongoing investigation into whether the Manhattan District Attorney's office mishandled sexual assault allegations made against Harvey Weinstein after Weinstein's former lawyer's firm donated $25,000 to the governor's releection campaign, according to The Cut.

The suspension was halted for six months on June 26, six days after David Boies's firm donated the money. Boies's firm also donated $10,000 to District Attorney Cy Vance before Vance's office dropped the case itself, which prompted the investigation that Cuomo then halted.
According toPage Six, Cuomo ostensibly stopped the probe because he worried it could potentially obstruct the criminal case pending against Weinstein.

A spokesperson for Boies, Schiller & Flexner denied any wrongdoing, saying that the firm has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the governor's campaigns in the past.

"Neither Mr. Boies, nor anyone from his firm, ever discussed Harvey Weinstein or Mr. Vance with Mr. Cuomo, or anyone from his office, at any time," the spokesperson said. "Mr. Boies is a longtime supporter of Mr. Cuomo and his contribution in June was consistent with his contributions to Mr. Cuomo over years past."

Cuomo's press secretary, Dani Lever, made a similar statement, saying that no donation has ever influenced government action for Cuomo.

"The reported story about a recent contribution from David Boies' firm to Governor Cuomo is completely irrelevant to any pending Attorney General's investigation or prosecution because Boies stopped representing ?Harvey Weinstein as early as November of 2017," she said