Friday, May 20, 2022

Biden Calls On NY Governor Andrew Cuomo To Resign

Andrew Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing at least eleven women, after an investigation process of several months. U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign in light of the New York Attorney General’s report that he sexually harassed several women, mostly female employees and former employees. “I think he should resign,” Biden said during a press conference at the White House.

The U.S. president had so far avoided calling for Cuomo’s resignation despite the multiple allegations against him for sexual harassment, but the report released Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James made him change his mind.

However, Biden declined to comment on whether Cuomo should face impeachment if he refuses to resign, although he said that is “a possibility” that the governor risks.

BREAKING: Pres. Biden calls on New York Gov. Cuomo to resign from office: “I think he should resign.”

— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 3, 2021

Cuomo, like Biden, who belongs to the Democratic Party, flatly denied Tuesday the accusations against him and insisted that he “never” touched “any woman inappropriately” or made “sexual advances”.

In addition to Biden, also calling for Cuomo’s resignation on Tuesday were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and the two senators representing New York: Senate Progressive Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

James’ report is the result of a five-month investigation into various allegations of harassment against Cuomo, after interviewing 179 people and obtaining 74,000 pieces of evidence, including documents, emails, messages and photos.

James said the governor broke “state and federal laws” by “sexually harassing multiple women, many of them young girls, with touching, kissing, hugging and inappropriate comments that were unwanted,” between 2013 and 2020.

The 169-page report has eleven complainants whose allegations are described in great detail, nine of them state employees or former employees, and “all of whom found the governor’s behavior, either in one encounter or repeatedly, disturbing, humiliating, uncomfortable and inappropriate.”