State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Junior is blasting Andrew Cuomo over what he calls a politically motivated investigation full of lies.
In a full throttle rebuttal of the attorney general's lawsuit against him, the Bronx State Senator denied Cuomo’s allegations during an exclusive interview Thursday on NY1's "Inside City Hall."
"The truth of the matter here is that lies work, politically motivated tricks work, for a while, until the truth catches up with it. And the truth will catch up with Mr. Cuomo," Espada said. "I'm not only one or the first one that he has investigated and tried to destroy this political season to get where he wants to be, the anointed governor of New York State."
Espada denied that there was ever any intention for him to receive a $9 million severance package from the Soundview Healthcare Center that he founded.
Noting that Cuomo is likely to run for governor, the senator challenged the attorney general to debate the merits of the lawsuit on the set of "Inside City Hall."
"I challenge him to come on your program, he's been dodging your program, you have a clock on him. Let's put this challenge before him," Espada said. "Why doesn't he sit next to me here, immediately, so that we can discuss this, not through you with all due respect, but directly. Because I would like to take his lies on directly."
Espada said he has no plans to give up his leadership position in the senate while he fights Cuomo’s lawsuit.
Earlier on Thursday, Cuomo's office served the senator a subpoena for records related to 10 State Senate employees who served on the board or were employed by Soundview.
Cuomo says his office is looking to "determine whether the misconduct reaches into the State Senate."
Soundview officials held a press conference to deny allegations that Espada and others stole $14 million of government funds from the clinic.
The clinic's offices were raided by FBI and IRS agents earlier this week.
Espada insists the issues only affect him and says he will deal with it accordingly.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson has said Espada is entitled to his day in court.