New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “can no longer stay in office,” a top Democrat lawmaker said Tuesday.
Cuomo, a Democrat, sexually assaulted multiple women, violating state and federal law, the state attorney general announced earlier in the day after a month-long investigation.
After the release of the report, Democrats met in the New York Assembly to discuss it.
After the meeting, Assembly Speaker Carl Hasty said, “It is quite clear to me that the Governor has lost the confidence of the Assembly’s Democratic majority and that he can no longer hold office.”
“Once we have all the relevant documents and evidence from the attorney general, we will move fast and try to complete our impeachment investigation as quickly as possible,” the Democrat said.
Attorney General Letitia James said her office is cooperating with the Assembly.
“At the request of the Assembly, we have provided the Assembly Judiciary Committee with the report released today, and we will provide them with all relevant evidence. We will cooperate with their investigation as necessary,” the Democrat said in a statement.
Cuomo, who is in his third term, is refusing to resign, but lawmakers in the state are indicating they may move to impeach him over allegations of harassment and assault, which investigators tapped by James. Were said that they confirmed.
Impeachment would require a simple majority to pass a motion in the state’s lower house. A trial will then be held in the New York Senate. Convicting an officer on an impeachment charge requires a two-thirds vote between senators and state appeals court judges.
Several state lawmakers have said they want Cuomo to step down, with some saying they will head to impeachment if they don’t.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousin was among them, although he did not mention impeachment.
“Now that the investigation is complete and the allegations have been confirmed, it should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as governor,” he said in a statement.
Democrats control both legislative chambers in New York. Many Republicans want Cuomo to be removed either through resignation or conviction.
The entire New York congressional delegation also called for Cuomo to resign, including censors Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D.N.Y.).
“Definite and stable leadership is required to face and overcome the COVID crisis. We applaud the courageous actions of those who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct. Because of the many, credible sexual assault and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the trust of his governing colleagues and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign,” the pair said in a joint statement.
Cuomo in a video message on Tuesday accused investigators of being biased and asked New Yorkers to read the report submitted by his lawyer.PDF) which alleges that investigators “ignored the governor’s testimony and sufficient corroborating evidence.”
“I want you to know straight from me that I’ve never touched anyone inappropriately or had inappropriate sex. I’m 63. I’ve lived my entire adult life in public. This is why I don’t now. Who am and is not who I have ever been,” the governor said as he was shown pictures of hugging and kissing various officers.
News Originally From – The Epoch Times