“I think he should resign,” Biden stated at a press convention. He stated he had not spoken to Cuomo forward of calling for him to resign.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James launched a 165-page report on Cuomo Tuesday, the work an unbiased investigation into harassment claims.
James stated the investigation discovered that Cuomo “sexually harassed current and former New York State employees by engaging in unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
Investigators additionally concluded that Cuomo and his senior crew retaliated towards one accuser.
Shortly after Biden’s remarks, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie stated the governor had “lost the confidence” of the legislative physique’s Democrats, and “can no longer remain in office.” Potential impeachment proceedings towards Cuomo would start within the state meeting.
Cuomo was defiant Tuesday. He recorded an announcement ― permitting for no questions from reporters ― making clear he intends to remain in workplace and struggle the allegations, which he denied. He portrayed himself as a feminist hero and a champion of ladies, claiming that his concern and caring nature have been simply misunderstood.
Long seen as one of the crucial highly effective governors and figures within the Democratic Party, Cuomo is called a combative bully who has a grip on state politics and who took on former President Donald Trump. He acquired popularity of his response to the coronavirus pandemic ― and even prematurely wrote a e-book about his supposed triumph. But his bullying caught as much as him, and he has had few defenders as his scandals have constructed up.
In addition to the sexual harassment allegations, Cuomo has needed to beat again outrage that his administration hid the variety of COVID-19 deaths in nursing houses.
In March, Biden stated he believed Cuomo ought to resign if the harassment allegations towards him have been confirmed to be true.
“I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too,” Biden added on the time.
Last 12 months, The New York Times stated Biden and Cuomo had cultivated “a personal friendship that has grown into a crucial political alliance,” sharing an extended historical past within the Democratic Party and a fame for extra reasonable politics.
Nine ladies accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and inappropriate feedback earlier this 12 months, sparking the investigation. There are additionally two new allegations within the lawyer normal’s report, together with one from a state trooper who was assigned to guard the governor. She instructed investigators that the governor inappropriately touched her and made “sexually suggestive and gender-based comments.”
Another lady alleged that Cuomo groped her beneath her shirt final 12 months on the governor’s mansion.
James employed two outdoors legal professionals to run the investigation. They spent months interviewing his accusers and workers members, talking with 179 individuals in whole. They additionally interviewed the governor himself beneath oath for 11 hours.
James stated Tuesday that whereas Cuomo’s habits violated state and federal regulation, the report didn’t reach a conclusion on whether or not Cuomo’s conduct ought to result in legal prosecution.
Cuomo might face impeachment within the state Legislature, with lawmakers already drawing up articles and calling for proceedings to start.
Multiple high-profile lawmakers, together with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) referred to as on Cuomo to step down on Tuesday.
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