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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after announcing his resignation in Manhattan, New York City on Aug. 10, 2021.CAITLIN OCHS/Reuters

Reversing course, the New York state Assembly will continue its broad investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo and issue a report with its findings, lawmakers said Monday, following fierce bipartisan backlash over the decision to suspend the inquiry.

Carl E. Heastie, the speaker of the Assembly, had announced Friday that lawmakers would close their investigation into Cuomo and would no longer move to impeach him, despite finding “credible evidence” regarding allegations made against him. Heastie, a Democrat, made the announcement days after Cuomo said that he would resign, citing constitutional concerns with impeaching a governor who was leaving office.

The reversal on Monday does not mean that lawmakers will move to impeach Cuomo; Heastie had cited a six-page legal memo Friday that argued that lawmakers lacked the constitutional authority to impeach an official who was out of office. Indeed, there is no precedent in New York for impeaching a former governor.

Last week’s announcement had prompted an outcry from both Republican and Democratic legislators, who said that the Assembly had a duty to, at the very least, make public the findings of the taxpayer-funded investigation, which began in March. Some legislators, especially Republicans and a small group of left-wing Democrats, argued in favor of continuing impeachment efforts, even with Cuomo out of power.

On Monday, Heastie and Charles Lavine, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which is leading the investigation, issued a statement saying it would continue. “The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of Gov. Cuomo,” they said.

Facing the imminent threat of impeachment, Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, announced last week that he would resign, in the wake of a New York state attorney general report that found he had sexually harassed multiple women, including nine government employees.

The Assembly’s investigation, which is being conducted by an outside law firm, is looking at several matters related to Cuomo’s potential abuse of power.

Investigators are scrutinizing the sexual harassment claims, which at least five local prosecutors are also investigating; Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, which federal prosecutors are investigating, too; and Cuomo’s use of state resources to write a pandemic memoir that landed him a $5.1 million deal, which the state attorney general is also looking at.

The statement Monday said that the committee would “take all appropriate steps to ensure that this effort does not interfere with various ongoing investigations.” It remained unclear, however, when the Assembly would finish the investigation and issue a public report.

Heastie said last week that lawmakers had found credible evidence against Cuomo that they believed “could likely have resulted in articles of impeachment had he not resigned.”

Even so, Heastie had said, the Assembly would turn over the evidence to other authorities investigating Cuomo and abandon the impeachment investigation since its primary objective had been to determine whether to remove Cuomo from office.

The decision faced swift criticism from some of Cuomo’s accusers and lawmakers across the aisle, who argued that the Assembly should either proceed with impeachment, despite the constitutional uncertainty, or, at a minimum, finish the investigation and release its findings.

“After spending millions of taxpayer dollars and issuing lofty statements, he’s failed to lift a finger to make clear that New York rejects Cuomo’s behavior,” Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo who said he had sexually harassed her, said Friday, referring to Heastie. “Employing a lazy legal argument and offering a poorly reasoned memo, the speaker has taken the coward’s way out.”

Many Democrats, however, have raised concerns about proceeding with impeachment after Cuomo steps down, saying that it could devolve into a monthslong distraction for the party that will only benefit Republicans and almost certainly lead to protracted litigation.

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