President Joe Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday following an investigation by the state attorney general’s office that found he sexually harassed almost a dozen women, including employees in his office. Biden told reporters at the White House, “I think he should resign.” Biden said he has not read the report or spoken to Cuomo.
Biden’s call for Cuomo’s resignation was just the latest from Democratic members of Congress calling for Cuomo to resign. Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand released a joint statement calling the allegations against Cuomo “profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable” adding that no elected official is above the law, and saying, “we continue to believe that the Governor should resign.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed with the senators, saying in a statement: “Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.”
The state attorney general’s office found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, nine of whom are current and former state employees. Shortly after the report was released, Cuomo denied the claims, saying, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.” He also suggested the investigation was tainted by “bias” and political motivations. Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing since allegations against him were first made public this year.
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