Biden Says Cuomo Should Resign If Investigation Confirms Harassment Allegations From 7 Women
After doing everything he could to avoid getting dragged into Cuomogate (some still recall the name Tara Reid) and making an official statement on the record, late on Tuesday Joe Biden said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign if an investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations against him.
In what Bloomberg has dubbed “his most extensive comments about accusations made by several women against his longtime Democratic ally”, Biden reiterated his support for seeing the inquiry carried out but said that its findings could force the three-term governor from office.
Asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos if Cuomo should step down if the investigation confirms the allegations, Biden replied, “Yes” adding that “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too.” At another point in the conversation, Biden repeated the expectation, saying “there could be a criminal prosecution that is attached to it.”
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos on Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 17, 2021
Well of course he will say that if the allegations are confirmed. The real question is whether Biden – a staunch believer that women never lie, especially #metoo women who are taking down republican opponents except when one of those women turns her attention on Biden himself – will challenge the recollections and veracity of the increasingly more numerous accusers who are now almost in the double digits… when it involves a close political ally.
So caught in a bit of a bind, Biden said that “a woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward.”
Well, then Cuomo should quit right? Not exactly, because while the presumption that a woman is telling the truth is equivalent to the presumption of guilt for the target of her allegations if that someone is republican, when it comes to fellow democrats it gets… complicated.
Which is why Biden once again refused to make any definitive statements, instead falling back to what he told reporters on Sunday that he was waiting for the probe to be carried out. ”I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” BIden said in response to a question about whether the New York governor should resign; he echoed as much on Tuesday when he said that “the presumption” is that allegations should be taken seriously and investigated “and that’s what’s underway now.”
Asked if Cuomo can continue to serve effectively even as New York elected officials including both of the state’s U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have said he should step down, Biden responded: “Well, that’s a judgment for them to make.”
According to CNN, the comments mark the President’s most explicit repudiation of Cuomo since multiple women made allegations of sexual harassment or unwanted advances against the New York governor. They came in an interview with Stephanopoulos in which Biden encouraged migrants not to come to the US as a crisis unfolds at the country’s southwestern border — with thousands of unaccompanied children now in federal custody — and he expressed openness to changing the Senate’s filibuster rule for the first time.
Seven women have accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct and inappropriate workplace behavior. Cuomo, however, has repeatedly refused to step down and denied the allegations. The governor is also in deep trouble for his mishandling of the covid fiasco in New York; he could be criminally liable for dozens of nursing home deaths due to his catastrophic mishandling of the crisis… for which he won an Emmy and received constant praise from the “bluecheck” brigade.
WATCH: Media pundits praised New York Governor Cuomo unquestioningly for a year before the scandals caught up with him pic.twitter.com/qH9z0wSdVu
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) March 9, 2021
State Attorney General Letitia James has appointed an outside attorney to investigate the claims made against Cuomo. State Assembly members last week initiated an impeachment investigation into the misconduct claims that could lead to his removal.
Tue, 03/16/2021 – 21:48