President Biden on Tuesday called for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign after the state attorney general concluded the governor sexually harassed numerous state employees.
“I think he should resign,” Biden told reporters. “I’m sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent. But apparently, the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t,” Biden added when asked about Cuomo highlighting instances of Biden hugging others in his defense. In March, Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Cuomo should resign and face criminal prosecution if the allegations of sexual harassment was confirmed to be true.
New York Attorney General Letita James (D) on Tuesday released the findings on Tuesday of the investigation that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed multiple state employees. “Specifically, the investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York state employees by engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” James said at a news conference detailing the findings.
James noted the report was a civil one, not one that would result in criminal prosecutions. Biden joined many other Democrats in calling for Cuomo to resign in light of James’s conclusions. Governor Cuomo was defiant in a pre-recorded response to the investigation, denying wrongdoing and saying he will not resign.
“The facts are much different from what has been portrayed,” Cuomo said. The governor argued photos of him hugging and kissing family members and state leaders showed that he is an affectionate person who did not mean to make others uncomfortable. New York Democrats have overwhelmingly called on Cuomo to resign.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who is a strong advocate for sexual assualt survivors, reiterated her call for Cuomo to resign after the attorney general’s report came out. Representatives Hakeem Jeffires (D-NY), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) joined the crowd of lawmakers urging the governor to step down as well. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (D) called Cuomo’s behavior in the report “repulsive and unlawful,” but stopped short of calling for a resignation, citing her place in the line of succession.
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