The president of the United States considered that the governor of New York should resign in light of the investigation that accuses him of having sexually harassed several women between 2013 and 2020.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, said on Tuesday that the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, should resign, in light of the New York Prosecutor's Office report that accuses him of having sexually harassed several women, most of them employees. And former employees, between 2013 and 2020.
"I think I should resign," Biden said during a news conference at the White House.
Cuomo, who belongs to the same political party as Biden, flatly denied the accusations against him on Tuesday, insisting that "the facts are very different from what has been portrayed."
I want you to know directly from me that I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances," the governor said in a televised speech. I am 63 years old. I have spent my entire adult life in public opinion. That is not what I am. And that is not who I have been, "he said.
For his part, Carl Heastie, Democratic leader in the New York State Assembly, said Tuesday that Cuomo "cannot remain in office" and that the legislature will accelerate the impeachment investigation.
The New York Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that the state governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, sexually harassed several employees and former employees, created a "hostile work climate," and retaliated against at least one of them.
The prosecutor, Letitia James, offered at a press conference the findings of a five-month investigation into various allegations of harassment and pointed out that 179 people have been interviewed and obtained 74,000 pieces of evidence, including documents, emails, messages, and photos, which "reveal a disturbing but clear image."
The governor violated "state and federal laws" by "sexually harassing multiple women, many of them young, with inappropriate touching, kissing, hugging and remarks that were unwanted" between 2013 and 2020, the prosecutor said, citing independent investigators for inquiries.
The investigation reveals that "a behavior that corrupts every fabric and character of our state government, and sheds light on the injustices that may be present at the highest levels of government he added.
James considered that the work of the Prosecutor's Office in this matter has concluded with the publication of the 165-page document.
Nevertheless, she noted that the door is open to "the government, the (state) assembly, and the general public," as well as to women. This includes those who can "decide to take civil action."
Cuomo, whose New York-based COVID-19 epidemic response has declined in recent months, has been the subject of much scrutiny and several investigations are underway to determine whether he has abused his authority during his tenure.
One of the independent investigators, Joon Kim, a former prosecutor, stated at Tuesday's ceremony that Cuomo's actions "were not isolated incidents, but part of a pattern" of behavior that was not limited to his own staff, but also extended to a state agent who offered him protective services.
In all, there are 11 whistleblowers whose allegations have been described in great detail, 9 of whom are former or former state employees, and "all of whom are disturbing, humiliating, hurtful and inappropriate by the governor's conduct." Found, "either in a meeting or repeatedly.
On the other hand, the report concludes that the executive chamber violated its internal policies in responding to the allegations of sexual harassment and retaliated against one of the women who decided to make them public.
The work "culture" there was marked on the one hand by bullying, fear, and intimidation, and on the other hand by the governor's repeated sexual harassment and normalization of comments, which led to sexual harassment. Allowed and retained revenge
According to investigators, Cuomo took part in the investigation and answered questions under oath, confessed to some of the allegations, and made the most serious denials, in any case offering a complete denial or assuring him of specific details of the incidents. Do not remember.