President Joe Biden mentioned Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ought to resign if the a number of sexual misconduct allegations towards him are confirmed by an investigation.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the president mentioned that the three-term Democratic governor should depart his publish if an impartial investigation commissioned by New York Attorney General Letitia James confirms the allegations made by a number of girls, most of whom labored for Cuomo.
“I know you said you want the investigation to continue,” Stephanopoulos advised Biden. “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”
The president replied sure, including, “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too.”
As of Tuesday, seven girls in current weeks have accused Cuomo of partaking in sexual misconduct with them. Most of the ladies mentioned that they had labored for Cuomo on the time of the alleged sexual harassment and assault, and all have revealed their identities ― aside from one, whose allegation that he groped her within the Governor’s Mansion was referred to police in Albany, New York.
Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations, giving an apology during which he mentioned his actions weren’t inappropriate. The governor has refused to resign ― questioning the accusers’ motivations, alleging the misconduct was a misunderstanding and insinuating that he’s the sufferer of “cancel culture.”
The mounting accusations ― mixed with a separate scandal during which the governor underreported New York’s COVID-19 demise toll in nursing properties ― have resulted in a rising record of lawmakers and public officers who’re calling on Cuomo to resign.
But Biden stopped simply wanting becoming a member of the lawmakers in demanding Cuomo’s quick resignation in Tuesday’s interview, saying that “a woman should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward.”
“Takes a lot of courage to come forward,” the president mentioned. “So, the presumption is they should be taken seriously. And it should be investigated. And that’s what’s underway now.”
When Stephanopoulos requested Biden if Cuomo can serve New York successfully, the president mentioned “that’s a judgment for them to make,” referring to the New York Assembly, senators and many of the congressional delegation who now not imagine in Cuomo’s capacity to manipulate.
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