Biden’s Reaction to Cuomo Scandal May Change New York Forever
President Joe Biden responded to the bombshell report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. His reaction may surprise some.
Independent investigators announced Tuesday they believe Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, retaliated against at least one, created a "toxic" workplace and more.
On Tuesday, the independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James released their report into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that:
- Governor Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women — including former and current state employees — by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate comments
- The governor and his senior staff took actions to retaliate against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story.
- The Executive Chamber fostered a “toxic” workplace that enabled “harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment.” The investigators find that Governor Cuomo’s actions and those of the Executive Chamber violated multiple state and federal laws, as well as the Executive Chamber’s own written policies.
On Tuesday at the White House, Joe Biden said Cuomo should resign.
"I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach. I don’t know that for a fact,” Biden told reporters when asked if he thought Cuomo should resign.
Later when questioned again if he thought Cuomo, his long-time friend, should resign, the President said yes.
"I stand by the statement, yes," Biden said.
On Tuesday, Cuomo's attorney issued an 85-page statement on the findings. CLICK HERE to read the full statement.
Allegations started in December 2020 when Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of harassing her for years. Boylan served as an executive vice president of Empire State Development and later as a special adviser to Cuomo for economic development from March 2015 to Oct 2018. At least seven more women later accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would become New York's governor if Cuomo resigns is removed from office. She released the following statement:
Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace, and certainly not in public service. The Attorney General’s investigation has documented repulsive and unlawful behavior by the Governor towards multiple women. I believe these brave women and admire their courage coming forward.
No one is above the law. Under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps.
Because Lieutenant Governors stand next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this moment.
At least seven more women later accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment.