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Accused sexual predator Andrew Cuomo did “a hell of a job” while serving as New York Governor, according to President Joe Biden.
This comment from Biden comes as Cuomo is forced to resign over serious criminal allegations that he abused his power and sexually harassed at least 11 women between 2013 and 2020 with unwanted groping, kissing, hugging, and inappropriate remarks. These accounts were successfully corroborated in an independent investigation that resulted in a 65-page report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
“He’s done a hell of a job,” Biden said. “That’s why it’s so sad.”
“I respect the governor’s decision and I respect the decision he made,” Biden said at the White House shortly after Cuomo announced he would step down.
“I think the impact is all on Andrew Cuomo and his decision to make that judgment,” Biden said. “And I respect his decision.”
Cuomo insists he’s innocenet and says he simply does it with everyone. “I do it with everyone,” he said. “Black and white. Young and old. Straight and LGBTQ. Powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street.”
In annoucing his resignation, Cuomo said, “I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you.”
Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will serve the rest of his term. She is New York’s first female governor. 63-year-old Cuomo would be facing impeachment proceedings since he continued to insist that he did nothing wrong. He will leave office in 24 days.
@potus responded to a specific question today about @NYGovCuomo work on infrastructure. He also made clear it was right for @NYGovCuomo to step down, reiterated his support for women who come forward, and made clear you can’t separate personal behavior from other work.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) August 10, 2021
These alleged crimes committed by Cuomo violate both state and federal law. The attorney general’s probe included interviews with 179 people.
Reports of sexual harassment are “very well corroborated,” the report finds.
Over the past year, many Democrats and self-described “Me Too” supporters failed to publicly criticize Cuomo and call for an investigation. This helped protect his ability to abuse power and seek further opportunities to sexually harass women.
James said, “This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law.”
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The investigation’s report is based on allegations from 11 different complainants, nine of whom have worked for Cuomo, either in the past or currently.
Former staff member Lindsey Boylan was the first to come forward with allegations, detailing encounters with the governor in a Medium post in February. Boylan alleged that Cuomo made multiple inappropriate comments to her including suggesting that they play strip poker, and that he once kissed her without consent.
Several other women accused Cuomo of making inappropriate sexual comments and engaging in unwanted touching, the most egregious being from an anonymous executive assistant who claims that he invited her to his residence and groped her breast under her blouse. The same woman told investigators that Cuomo had also repeatedly touched her butt, kissed her on the lips at least once, and asked her on multiple occasions whether she has or would cheat on her husband.
Other anonymous allegations came from a New York state trooper, two employees of state-affiliated entities. Charlotte Bennett, Ana Liss, Alyssa McGrath, and a woman who only went by Kaitlin are other current and former state employees who brought allegations against the governor. Non-employees Anna Ruch and Virginia Limmiatis claimed that he touched them without consent.
Investigators said they found all 11 complainants to be credible, and their findings were “very well corroborated.”