Biden, Pelosi, Schumer Call On Cuomo To Resign As New Criminal Investigation Announced

Biden, Pelosi, Schumer Call On Cuomo To Resign As New Criminal Investigation Announced

Update (1650ET): President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Chuck Schumer have called on Cuomo to resign.

“Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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Update (1451ET): In a shocking development, the district attorney’s office for Albany County, New York, revealed the existence of an ongoing investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

More via CNBC:

The district attorney’s office for Albany County, New York, has an ongoing criminal investigation into conduct by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and plans to request investigative materials from the state attorney general’s probe of his alleged sexual harassment toward 11 women.

News of that criminal probe came hours after Attorney General Letitia James detailed a report substantiating the women’s claims that Cuomo has subjected them to unwanted touching and remarks that make them uncomfortable.

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Update (0140ET): In what should come as a surprise to nobody, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won’t resign.

Here’s his 85-page defense, which includes page after page of politicians hugging and kissing.

In a Tuesday video response likely crafted by his CNN propagandist brother, Chris Cuomo, the governor insisted: “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advancesThat is just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been.”

He accused “others” of having fed “ugly stories to the press,” and said his attorney had prepared a public document that responds to all 11 of the women whose allegations were investigated by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office.

Cuomo’s strongly-worded denial marked continuation of a posture that has hardened in recent weeks, with the embattled governor doubling down on his claims that he hadn’t harassed anyone and that the investigation itself was political in nature. –NBC News

Fredo’s fingerprints are all over this one:

Cuomo then played a montage of him kissing and touching people.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to respond to sexual harassment allegations at 1pm et:

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has called on Cuomo to resign.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and took action against a former employee who complained publicly about his conduct, according to a Tuesday statement by NY Attorney General Letitia James, who accused the governor of violating federal and state laws.

In an investigation conducted by two outside attorneys, Cuomo’s administration was found to be a “hostile work environment” which was “rife with fear and intimidation,” according to the Associated Press.

On at least one occasion, the investigation found, Cuomo and his senior staff worked to retaliate against a former employee who accused him of wrongdoing. Cuomo was also found to have harassed women outside of government, the investigation found.

Cuomo faced multiple allegations last winter that he inappropriately touched and sexually harassed women who worked with him or who he met at public events. One aide in his office said he groped her breast.

Another, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo kissed her on the lips after a meeting in his office and “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.” -AP

According to the report, there are 11 complaints against Cuomo spanning 2013 – 2020.

The investigation began in March, after the New York executive chamber granted James’ request to investigate. Later that month, Cuomo was urged to resign by dozens of Democratic state lawmakers, including NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

According to James, investigators spoke with 179 people and reviewed more than 74,000 pieces of evidence – providing a “deeply disturbing, yet clear picture” of Cuomo’s alleged criminal sexual harassment of employees.

Even the NYT’s Maggie Haberman admits this is damning for Cuomo.

As CNBC reports further, “New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, also a Democrat, in mid-March authorized a panel to launch an impeachment investigation into the harassment claims and other allegations of wrongdoing by Cuomo, including whether his staff tried to hide or alter data on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.”

Cuomo claims he’s innocent, saying in March: “I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone,” adding “I’m not going to resign.”

According to PredictIt, the odds of Cuomo remaining governor through the end of 2021 is plummeting.

What does Cuomo think of sexual harassers?

Tyler Durden
Tue, 08/03/2021 – 17:35

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