Biden says Cuomo should resign hours after harassment report

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Biden says Cuomo should resign hours after harassment report

President Biden on Tuesday called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after an official report found that he sexually harassed 11 women.

“I think he should resign,” Biden said of his longtime political ally.

Biden said in March that Cuomo should step down if a probe commissioned by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a fellow Democrat, concluded that the governor was guilty.

ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked Biden at the time, “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”

“Yes, I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too,” Biden responded.

James on Tuesday released the findings of her office’s investigation, which corroborated allegations of inappropriate remarks and touching by Cuomo,

President Joe Biden said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign.
President Joe Biden said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign.AP Photo/Susan Walsh

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the allegations are “abhorrent.”

Vice President Kamala Harris has not demanded Cuomo’s resignation. Her office hasn’t responded to a request for comment from The Post.

Most members of New York’s congressional delegation, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and leftwing leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called for Cuomo to resign in March as allegations mounted against him.

A probe from the New York State Attorney General found that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women.
A probe from the New York State Attorney General found that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called for Cuomo to resign. Pelosi previously said he should step down “if these allegations are proven to be true.”

Pelosi said in a new statement, “As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth. Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.” 

Cuomo angrily pleaded his innocence on Tuesday afternoon, saying that he didn’t intend to make anyone feel uncomfortable with awkward personal remarks and that “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” denying those report’s findings.

Cuomo also insisted he wasn’t harassing women by touching their face and kissing them. “I do it with everyone — black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street,” Cuomo said.

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