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Biden Calls on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to Resign

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A report finds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. Credit: Pat Arnow, CC BY-SA 2.0

United States President Joe Biden called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to submit his resignation after New York Attorney General Letitia James published a report confirming allegations of sexual harassment made against him by 11 different women.

“I think he should resign,” said Biden, who previously stated at the onset of the Attorny General’s investigation that he believed the governor should bow out if the allegations were found to be credible. He reinforced that statement after Brown’s report was released, but did not say whether he believed that Cuomo should be impeached:

“Let’s take one thing at a time. 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.”

Biden made these statements after a cascade of other Democrats in Congress — including the entirety of New York’s Democratic delegation — asked the governor to step down from his post.

Democrats call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign

“Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the governor to resign,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also spoke out together to denounce Cuomo. The senators had both demanded Cuomo resign in March, when allegations against the governor first surfaced.

“As we have said before, the reported actions of the governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable. Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so,” the senators said. “No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the governor should resign.”

Democratic Congressmen Tom Suozzi, Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks also made statements calling for Cuomo’ss departure from office:

“The office of Attorney General Tish James conducted a complete, thorough and professional investigation of the disturbing allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo,” the congressmen said in a joint statement. “The investigation has found that the Governor engaged in abusive behavior toward women, including subordinates, created a hostile work environment and violated state and federal law. We commend the brave women who came forward and spoke truth to power. The time has come for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and resign.”

The report found that Cuomo was able to get away with sexually harassing members of staff after cultivating a toxic workplace environment that included intimidation and fear. Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

Green hired two outside investigators, top federal prosecutor Joon H. Kim and employment lawyer Anne E. Clark, to conduct the probe into Cuomo’s conduct while in office.

Investigators pored through emails, text messages, and written accounts from members of staff, and conducted countless interviews with victims and witnesses.

According to reports, Cuomo was subject to an 11-hour round of questioning in relation to the investigation earlier this month.

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