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New York Gov. Cuomo accuses Trump administration officials of 'possible criminal liability' in Trusted Traveler lawsuit

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, 2020 in New York City.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue the Trump administration for damages over banning state residents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Program, saying the agency “abused government resources to advance political purposes.”

Cuomo accused two DHS officials acting Secretary Chad Wolf and acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, of potential criminal liability. 

“I believe Mr. Wolf and Mr. Cuccinelli have possible criminal liability. I believe there is civil liability. It was a clear abuse of government power for political purposes,” he said at a press conference in Albany on Friday.

Cuomo called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to launch an investigation. He said the state will seek possible civil damages from DHS. 

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to this article.

‘This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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