Kathy Hochul Won’t Say Whether She Will Pardon Andrew Cuomo or Not

FILE - This photo from Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Leaders in the state Assembly announced an impeachment investigation against Cuomo over allegations of sexual harassment, if successful, Hochul …
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Incoming New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday would not definitely rule out pardoning New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) if he faces criminal charges.

“It’s far too premature to have those conversations,” Hochul, New York’s lieutenant governor, responded when asked if she would consider a pardoning Cuomo if he were faced with criminal charges. 

Hochul, who is set to take the reins of power in 13 days, gave her first public remarks a day after Cuomo’s announcement that he would step down rather than face a likely impeachment trial over allegations that he sexually harassed several women, including one who accused him of groping her breast.

“While it was not expected, it is a day for which I am prepared,” said Hochul, a western New York Democrat who has held multiple offices but is unfamiliar to many New Yorkers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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