US President Joe Biden called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Tuesday after an investigation revealed that Cuomo had sexually harassed women for years. Cuomo denies the allegations and says he will not resign.
Biden had previously said Cuomo would have to leave if the allegations proved true. Several Democratic Party leaders have also called for Biden’s party colleague Cuomo to resign from office. They include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New Jersey also want their fellow party member Cuomo to resign. The White House has previously described the findings of the investigation as “repugnant.”
On Tuesday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James presented, Investigation It turns out Cuomo sexually harassed eleven women. Most of the victims are former employees of the governor. They accuse him of harassing them and other sexual harassment.
The report cited a “toxic work environment” in Cuomo’s office that was characterized by fear and intimidation. The governor himself is said to have helped “facilitate intimidation and create a hostile work environment”.
The report notes that working with Cuomo as a woman he lived between “fear and flirtation”. Several women in the investigation indicated that the governor treated them like “eye candy.” A Cuomo security guard says in the investigation that the governor sometimes asked her to kiss him and deliberately touched her several times on her neck, stomach, and around her hips.
In a video statement, Cuomo made it clear that he has no intention of stepping down. He also denied that he acted inappropriately. Cuomo, 63, was accused by two former assistants last year of sexual harassment at work. Several other women later came forward with allegations of misconduct, prompting James to investigate for five months.
Cuomo has been the governor of New York since 2011, in his third term. He described the report’s findings as “inaccurate and unfair.” He said prosecutors misinterpreted his words, gestures and behavior, and claimed that his behavior was always intended to convey warmth to women.
If Cuomo refuses to leave, the New York Parliament can try to impeach him. Democrats in the New York State Assembly held an emergency meeting behind closed doors on Tuesday. According to sources from The New York Times, they then discussed whether they should initiate impeachment proceedings based on the sexual misconduct report alone. There was a lot of support for that.
If the governor resigns, he will be replaced by Deputy Governor Kathleen C. Hochhol. Then the state is ruled by a woman for the first time.
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