A major release of documents this week related to the New York Attorney General’s investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo shed light on the disgraced politician’s multi-year reign of bullying, intimidation, and alleged sexual misconduct. But the transcripts and records also pull back the curtain on Cuomo’s crisis response team, a cadre of power players including newly-sidelined CNN host Chris Cuomo and Pete Buttigieg campaign advisor Lis Smith. As detailed in a Defector story that we highlight in this edition of Weekend Reader, despite the team’s ample connections and desperate shenanigans, they were powerless to help a vile cretin whose terrible behavior had finally caught up with him.

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