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Gov. Cuomo during a press conference in New York City on Aug. 2. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The district attorneys for Manhattan and Westchester County on Wednesday requested evidence related to New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

Why it matters: The district attorneys are investigating if alleged conduct highlighted in an independent report published by James' office that occurred in their jurisdictions was criminal in nature.

The big picture: Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah is specifically investigating an alleged incident involving a New York State trooper assigned to the governor’s detail at his Mount Kisco residence, according to NBC News.

  • The report alleged that Cuomo harassed the officer by “running his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him” and “​​running his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back," while on an elevator.
  • Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance requested investigative materials pertaining to alleged incidents that occurred in Manhattan.

Cuomo denied the accusations in a video statement on Tuesday, saying he never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances, and he would not resign.

  • Dozens of prominent Democrats, including President Biden, have called on Cuomo to step down.

Go deeper: Cuomo accuser speaks out, calls denials "dangerous," "victim blaming"

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Arizona AG threatens Maricopa County funds over election audit

An observer watches a contractor for Cyber Ninjas recount Arizona ballots from the 2020 general election. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is threatening to withhold millions in state funds from Maricopa County if it doesn't comply with the state Senate's partisan audit of the 2020 election, according to a new report sent to the County Board of Supervisors reviewed by Axios.

Why it matters: Nine months after Election Day, this represents an escalation of a fight by Donald Trump-aligned Republicans — in this case, backed by state laws involving taxpayer funds and the power of the Attorney General's office — to continue baselessly questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.