The Point recently discussed the story of sexual harassment in Attorney General Letitia James’ office.
Attorney General Letitia James’ chief of staff has resigned after being slapped with multiple sexual harassment complaints, which were filed before Election Day and kept quiet as James cruised to victory, sources told The Post.
Two women filed sexual harassment complaints against Ibrahim Khan – and one of those women was told her claims of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing were substantiated, according to The New York Times.
James’ office appears to have violated the law in trying to keep the story buried.
The attorney general’s office says that when allegations first surfaced against Khan, they opted to hire an outside law firm on Oct. 4 to conduct an investigation. That firm, Littler Mendelson, substantiated at least one of those claims.
By law, outside contracts of more than $50,000 must go to the New York State Comptroller’s office for approval.
Jennifer Freeman, a spokesperson for State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, said on Friday night that “There is no contract before us for approval.”
In an email response to NY1, Delaney Kempner, a spokesperson for the attorney general admitted that the contract had not gone to the comptroller’s office, saying, “Due to the time it takes for financial terms to be appropriately reviewed and approved, it is not unusual for Office of Attorney General to engage a firm for time sensitive matters with an engagement letter while financial terms are being reviewed.”
When asked if Khan had undergone mandatory sexual harassment training, as required by law for state employees, the attorney general’s office refused to say, or provide, any documentation showing he had.
Ibrahim Khan, a former Muslim Students Association president, had led James’ campaign and served as her chief of staff. He was a close ally and James appears to have tried to handle it covertly. All the while James waged a ruthless campaign against conservatives, illegally targeting the NRA and Trump.
This is what a culture of corruption looks like.