In recent weeks, Mr. Cuomo and his office have repeatedly questioned the neutrality of Mr. Kim, who investigated the Cuomo administration during his tenure at the U.S. attorney office in Manhattan, which he led for a brief time four years ago.
Mr. Kim was involved in the federal investigation into Mr. Cuomo’s decision in 2014 to disband the Moreland commission, an anticorruption panel. He also helped in the pretrial preparation of the prosecution of one of Mr. Cuomo’s closest former aides, Joseph Percoco, who was convicted of federal corruption charges in 2018.
Mr. Cuomo’s aides, for their part, have suggested that the investigation, which is being overseen by Letitia James, the state attorney general, is politically motivated because of her supposed interest in running for governor. Ms. James, a Democrat, has not said publicly that she is interested in running.
A respected lawyer, Ms. Mogul joined the Cuomo administration in 2019 to advise the governor on public integrity and criminal justice policy initiatives, according to a news release at the time. She was previously a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, PC, a Manhattan-based law firm that is currently representing the governor’s office in a federal inquiry into the administration’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.
During her time in the governor’s office, Ms. Mogul helped develop anti-gun violence initiatives, reviewed clemency requests, worked on cybersecurity compliance and vetted state procurement contracts of medical equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ms. Mogul’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, her former law partner, said she joined state government after 10 years at the firm to pursue her interest in gun control policy.
“She was a very strong advocate of gun control and spent a significant amount of time on that issue,” he said. “She had this passion about doing public service on the gun issue.” Mr. Abramowitz said her departure had “nothing to do with current investigations at all.”
Sheelagh McNeill contributed research.