It was a weekend in February and the situation was worsening for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Two former aides had accused him of sexual harassment. Calls for an independent investigation were intensifying. 

With public pressure quickly mounting, the governor’s team looped in Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. The proposal? Have state Attorney General Letitia James and DiFiore, a Cuomo appointee, jointly pick a lawyer to conduct a review.