Attorney General Letitia James’ chief of staff has resigned after being slapped with multiple sexual harassment complaints that were filed ahead of Election Day and kept silent as James drove to victory, sources told the Post.
The allegations against Ibrahim Khan, 38, are now being investigated by an “outside legal firm,” according to a source briefed on the matter. Sources told the Post that the AG’s office shut down the company shortly after receiving the complaints.
Two women filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Khan — and one of those women was told her claims of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing were well founded, according to The New York Times.
A source briefed on the matter told the Post that the allegations were “indirectly conveyed” to the AG’s office and “none of the allegations involve current employees.”
The AG’s office did not deny that sexual harassment complaints had been filed against Khan, but declined to answer questions seeking additional information earlier this week.
“The Attorney General’s Office maintains protocols to thoroughly investigate any allegation of wrongdoing. The Office takes these matters with the utmost seriousness and this situation is no different. An independent, impartial investigation was conducted and the employee has since resigned,” AG spokeswoman Delaney Kempner said in a statement.
In a statement released Friday night, Khan claimed he was already planning to quit his job and the decision had nothing to do with his resignation.
“After a successful four-year tenure, I am scheduled to leave the office for the private sector at the end of this year. This is unrelated to an investigation which, however, found no official workplace misconduct. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished serving the New Yorkers over the past four years,” he told the Post.
It’s unclear who filed the complaints, but the source described Khan as “in deep st”.
The source also said that ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo – who in September filed an ethics complaint against James over her sexual harassment investigation that forced him out of office last year – “would have had a great day with it” had he known.
“They really tried to keep this a secret ahead of the election,” the source said.
James, a Democrat, refused to debate with her little-known and underfunded Republican opponent, Manhattan Attorney Michael Henry, in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election, making her the only nationally elected official to do so.
James easily beat Henry 52.4% to 46.7% and won a second term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.
No one answered the door at Khan’s family home in Queens on Wednesday morning, where the lights were on and a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee was parked in the driveway.
Khan is the married father of at least one young child, according to a source who knows him. He received $202,827 in taxpayer dollars in fiscal 2021, according to the SeeThroughNY website.
Khan has worked for James since she served as top counsel during her first successful campaign for New York City’s public attorney in 2013, after which she appointed him her chief of staff and first assistant public attorney.
In 2018, Khan was James’ campaign manager during her successful first run for AG and has been her chief of staff since she was sworn in.
His previous jobs include working as a regional field organizer for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign; as Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senator Adriano Espaillat; and as an advisor on policy and government affairs.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/02/ag-letitia-james-top-aide-ibrahim-khan-quits-amid-sex-harass-complaints/ Ibrahim Khan, top adviser to AG Letitia James, resigns over sexual harassment complaints