Wed 04 August 2021:
US President Joe Biden said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign after the state’s Attorney General concluded that he sexually harassed multiple women with whom he worked.
“I think [Cuomo] should resign,” Biden said on Tuesday afternoon, joining New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in their calls for the governor to resign.
Cuomo’s investigators, who took up complaints by 11 women, say they interviewed 179 people and reviewed 74,000 pieces of evidence that included documents, emails, texts, audio files and pictures.
Cuomo, in an immediate reaction, denied he had harassed any of the complainants, saying the probe had “weaponized everyday interactions” of his and “unfairly characterized” him.
A months-long investigation into allegations against Cuomo – sanctioned by New York State Attorney General Letitia James – concluded that he harassed multiple women, including younger colleagues.
The investigation also revealed that he and a senior aide attempted to retaliate against the victims.
Biden pointed out that the investigation has found some of the embraces he had with the women were inappropriate, but acknowledged he had only seen the results of the investigation and not the details.
Cuomo denies the allegations of wrongdoing and inappropriate conduct, claiming that the investigation weaponized his “everyday interactions.”
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Pelosi Calls On New York Governor Cuomo To Resign
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over allegations he sexually harassed several members of his staff.
“Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, both representing New York, also put out a statement calling on Cuomo to resign, adding that the people of New York deserve better leadership and no elected official is above the law.
Earlier on Tuesday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said a months-long probe sanctioned by her office concluded that Cuomo harassed multiple women, many of them his younger colleagues, breaking state as well as US Federal laws.
She said Cuomo and some of his senior aides also attempted to silence complainants by making it difficult for them to continue their work for the state.
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