Democrats Call for Gov. Cuomo to Resign Following Sexual Harassment Investigation

An independent investigation has confirmed that Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple subordinates.” New York State Attorney General Letitia James conducted the investigation, revealing the governor also retaliated against women who objected to his behavior, creating a “toxic work environment.”

The investigation took place over nearly five months and consisted of interviews of 179 people, including Cuomo. News of Cuomo’s misconduct began to spread in December after his first accuser, Lindsey Boylan, tweeted about his behavior.

Boylan later granted an interview to Ronan Farrow. Farrow is famous for helping spark the #metoo movement. The interview was published in The New Yorker and led multiple other women to accuse Cuomo of harassment.

While announcing the findings of the investigation, AG James stated, “these interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws.

The allegations against Cuomo mounted as he simultaneously dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic and backlash from his deadly nursing home executive order. The Associated Press reports he is now facing calls from President Joe Biden to resign following the conclusion of the Attorney General’s investigation. Biden told reporters on Tuesday, “I think he should resign.”

Other prominent Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, also said Cuomo should resign. In a video response to the investigation, Cuomo stated, “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed.” He went on to say, “I do it with everyone,” and showed a montage of photos of him kissing and embracing numerous people. The New York State Assembly leader, Carl Heastie, said he would move to complete an impeachment inquiry “as quickly as possible.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City also called on the governor to resign, saying, “it is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as governor. He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately.” All 19 Democratic members of New York’s congressional delegation called for Cuomo’s resignation as well. However, the governor remains defiant, and no charges have been filed.

In 2019 Cuomo famously signed a law that made it easier for victims of sexual harassment to prove their case in court. They no longer had to meet the high bar of proving the harassment was “severe and pervasive.” Cuomo also has a history of tweets that run in complete contradiction to the results of the AG report.

The governor’s younger brother and CNN host, Chris Cuomo, was also named in the report as having helped create an environment “where the governor’s sexually harassing conduct was allowed to flourish and persist.”

The last elected governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, resigned following accusations of using high-end prostitution services. Spitzer did not deny the allegations, and David Paterson completed his term before Andrew Cuomo was elected to his first term in 2010.

 

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