Four Democratic governors called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign on Tuesday following reports from the state’s attorney general alleging that he had engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and intimidation that violated state and federal laws. was violated.
“Governor Cuomo should resign,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Gov. Dan Mackie said in a joint statement.
The governors said they were “shocked by the findings of an independent investigation by New York’s attorney general.”
His statement came soon after President Joe Biden said he believed Cuomo should step down. The president said in a press briefing on Tuesday that “the state legislature may decide to impeach the Democratic governor”.
This comes after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report that said Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment and that his chamber had mishandled the charges against him.
“Specifically, we find that the governor sexually harassed several current and former New York State employees, making, among other things, unwanted and non-consensual touching, as well as making a number of objectionable comments of a suggestive and sexual nature. created hostility from the working environment for women,” said the James report.
He said the governor’s office was filled with “fear and intimidation”.
The report followed a nearly five-month non-criminal investigation, led by James and two outside attorneys.
The Albany District Attorney’s office, meanwhile, is criminally investigating Cuomo, District Attorney David Soares said in a statement Tuesday, adding that his office would welcome any potential victims to come forward with a statement about Cuomo. Will do
“Today, along with the public, we have been made aware of the final independent report from the office of AG Letitia James regarding Governor Cuomo’s conduct as they relate to violations of civil harassment statutes,” he said in a statement. “As this case develops, we are reviewing the Attorney General’s document today, we would like to refrain from any additional public comment at this time regarding the status of the ongoing criminal investigation by our office.”
Democrat Cuomo in his third term has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and all allegations against him. He turned down calls to step down on Tuesday, despite the findings of the investigation.
“Please take the time to read the facts and decide for yourself,” he said in a video message. “I have never touched anyone inappropriately or had inappropriate sex.”
News Originally From – The Epoch Times