President Biden has said that Andrew Cuomo should resign following the release of a report that concludes the New York governor sexually harassed 11 women.
The report, which was released on Tuesday, was the end product of a 5-month investigation into Cuomo’s conduct by New York Attorney General Letitia James. In the report, investigators state they were able to corroborate the accounts of 11 women who accused the governor of inappropriate behavior that was sexual in nature.
Cuomo’s behavior, the report says, ranged from “nonconsensual touching” to “offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.” The majority of the women were New York State employees, including one state trooper who was assigned to the governor’s protective detail.
Investigators also concluded that the culture within the Executive Chamber was “filled with fear and intimidation” which permitted the behavior to occur.
On Tuesday, the President, citing the report, said that Cuomo should resign from office. In previous comments, Biden had refrained from saying that Cuomo should resign following the allegations and pending the outcome of the state attorney’s investigation.
“What I said was if the investigation by the attorney general concluded that the allegations were correct, back in March, I would recommend he resign,” the President said in a statement to the press. “That is what I am doing today,” adding, “I think he should resign.”
The President joins a number of Democrats who are calling for Cuomo’s resignation, including House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The embattled New York governor, who’d been hailed as a hero for his leadership role during the coronavirus pandemic, came under fire earlier this year after allegations that his office had hidden data regarding nursing home deaths during the crisis. These allegations were soon followed by others from former staff and private citizens accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment.
The New York State Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, is currently conducting an impeachment investigation with regards to the governor’s conduct.