Biden: Cuomo should resign if investigation confirms claims |

Biden: Cuomo should resign if investigation confirms claims

Updated: March 16, 2021 11:16 PM
Created: March 16, 2021 09:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - President Joe Biden said Tuesday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign if the state attorney general's investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Biden made the remarks in an interview with ABC News that is scheduled to air Wednesday morning. When asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos if the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should Cuomo resign, Biden said “yes," adding, “I think he'd probably end up being prosecuted, too."

“It takes a lot of courage to come forward so the presumption is it should be taken seriously," Biden said. “And it should be investigated, and that’s what’s underway now.”

Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward multiple women, including several former staffers.

He also faces an allegation that he groped a female staff member under her shirt after summoning her to the governor’s mansion in Albany late last year. He has denied touching any women inappropriately.

The three-term governor has rejected calls for his resignation from fellow Democrats, including New York’s two U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and has asked New Yorkers to await the results of an investigation headed by state Attorney General Letitia James.

Sen. Schumer addressed that Tuesday.

"New York state under this COVID crisis needs safe—it needs secure and safe and strong leadership," Schumer said. "The women have come forward, I'm proud they have. They've made some serious allegations and they should be listened to."

Schumer went on to say Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and many New Yorkers.

James last week named a former federal prosecutor, Joon Kim, and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark to lead the Cuomo investigation. They have full subpoena power and will document their findings in a public report.

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