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Biden Joins Calls for Cuomo to Resign over Damning NY AG Sexual Harassment Report

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing mounting pressure to stand down

 on 4th August 2021 @ 7.00pm
joe biden was grilled by a reporter about whether gov  cuomo should resign © press
Joe Biden was grilled by a reporter about whether Gov. Cuomo should resign

Democrat Joe Biden has joined calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after the NY state attorney general released an explosive report on charges leveled against the Democratic governor.

On Tuesday, New York state Attorney General Letitia James, also a Democrat, announced that her office's investigation found the sexual harassment allegations, made against Cuomo by multiple women, to be credible.

The probe also found that Gov. Cuomo had abused his position by threatening one accuser who had filed a complaint against him.

The attorney general's probe concluded in a 165-page report that Cuomo has violated both state and federal law.

Biden made the remarks about the case to reporters during a Tuesday media briefing, shortly after news of the report broke.

CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins asked Biden if he stood by a previous statement about the investigation into the claims.

new york attorney general letitia james  a democrat  announced the findings of her probe on tuesday © press
New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, announced the findings of her probe on Tuesday

"Back in March you said that if the investigation confirms the allegations against Gov. Cuomo, he should resign, so will you now call on him to resign, given the investigators said the 11 women were credible?" asked Collins.

"I stand by that statement," responded Biden.

"Are you now calling on him to resign?" she asked.

"Yes," Biden said.

However, Biden would not say if Cuomo should be impeached by the New York legislature.

"And if he doesn't resign, do you believe he should be impeached and removed from office?" asked Collins.

"Let's take one thing at a time," Biden responded.

"He should resign.

"I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach.

"I don't know that for a fact, I have not read all that data."

WATCH:

Cuomo forcefully denied the allegations after state Attorney General Letitia James announced the findings by her office on Tuesday.

"The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law," James said in a statement.

"Specifically, the investigation found that Governor 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," the NY AG added.

biden refused to support calls for his ally gov  cuomo to be impeached © press
Biden refused to support calls for his ally Gov. Cuomo to be impeached

In a pre-recorded video released to the media, Cuomo accused his detractors of a politically motivated attack.

"The facts are much different than what has been portrayed," Cuomo claimed in the video.

"I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances," he continued.

"That is just not who I am.

"And that is not who I have ever been."

Cuomo is facing many calls to resign from political leaders in his own party over the sexual harassment scandal.

Some lawmakers say they will support a motion to impeach him if he continues to refuse to resign.

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