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Biden wants to await outcome of sexual misconduct probe of Cuomo

PoliticsMar 14, 2021 08:35PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol in Albany 2/2

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden declined on Sunday to call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over sexual misconduct allegations, saying he wanted to await the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

Asked on returning from Delaware if Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, should step down, Biden told reporters: "I think the investigation is under way and we should see what it brings us."

Cuomo faces accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled by at least seven women, including former aides, and has come under pressure from disclosures that his administration withheld the number of nursing home residents killed in the state by COVID-19.

On Friday, New York's two Democratic U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and most of the state's congressional delegation, including leading progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, urged Cuomo, now in his third term as governor, to resign.

Cuomo, 63, who is divorced, repeated his denial of the allegations on Friday and said it was "reckless and dangerous” for politicians to ask him to resign before they have all the facts.

"Women have a right to come forward and be heard, and I encourage that fully. But I also want to be clear: There is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged, period,” Cuomo said on a call with reporters.

Asked if he ever had consensual romantic relationships with any of the women, Cuomo said he never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and was sorry if he did.

On Sunday, Democratic U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to join the call for Cuomo's resignation, telling ABC's "This Week" program the allegations must be investigated.

"What these women have said must be treated with respect. They are credible and serious charges," Pelosi said. "The governor should look inside his heart - he loves New York - to see if he can govern effectively."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, often at odds with Cuomo, told CBS' “Face the Nation” he did not think the governor would resign quickly.

"I think an impeachment proceeding will begin, and I think he will be impeached and perhaps right before that he'll decide to resign," the Democratic mayor said. "He should resign right now because he's holding up our effort to fight COVID. He's literally in the way of us saving lives right now."

Republican Governors Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Larry Hogan of Maryland also both declined in separate appearances on Sunday news programs to call for Cuomo's resignation, but said the allegations needed to be investigated.

Biden wants to await outcome of sexual misconduct probe of Cuomo
 

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gary Gould
gary Gould Mar 15, 2021 8:09AM ET
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so Republicans fully back a president who was on tape as well as has charges laid on him .and has an extensive list of craziness..against him coming in the courts ..and yet ..have an issue with this ..let the evidence come.out then make the call
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Mar 15, 2021 1:22AM ET
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That NY loud barking dog's day is over.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Mar 15, 2021 1:12AM ET
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Cuomo's case shows that Trump is finished in public office. Bullies dont't belong in society anywhere. They make the world a worse off place to be and are bound to abuse their privileges. - Like Trump, Cuomo was known to be a bully BEFORE being elected into public office. Voters who vote for bullies share guilt for damage done by bullies. - 'Bosses who foster cultures of fear .. create workplaces that are hostile to women..' (msn dot com). Cuomo has been acting like Trump.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Mar 15, 2021 1:12AM ET
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Obama had superb human qualities. - Read his book 'A promised Land'.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Mar 14, 2021 10:51PM ET
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One freek helping another.. peas in a pod..
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trump had sixteen complaints against him plus he paid hush money for some to keep quiet and was recorded boasting about it nothing happened to him so why the clamor over Cuomo he has only had six
Gene Cao
Gene Cao Mar 14, 2021 7:53PM ET
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Cuomo used his goverment authorities to force them, but Trump did it years before he took office.
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Bill Melton Mar 14, 2021 7:53PM ET
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Interesting comment just two days ago. Dems said wait for the Obana / Clinton comparisons. Wel, well, well. Look who brought up the former president. BTW, the post has nothing to do with alleged crimes committed by Cuomo. Since Cuomo battled DT, dems didn't do anything about how horrible the elderly and nursing home patients were treated...as late to the party with any integrity. Sad.
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Bill Melton Mar 14, 2021 7:53PM ET
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Me Comment: As the pre-Biden presidential media would say: Show proof. I'm guessing you want proof like all of the criminal activity by HB that leads back to JB and brother. Right?
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Mar 14, 2021 7:53PM ET
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Dont keep it in....Let is all out....
Juan San
Juan San Mar 14, 2021 7:47PM ET
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Cuomo and Biden are running out of ways to blame Florida, who has done better with COVID despite no restrictions and whose governor is not facing multiple se.exual assault allegations.
Juan San
Juan San Mar 14, 2021 7:42PM ET
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Democrats only protect those who prey upon children (like Biden), Cuomo does not get protection because he only preyed upon women of legal age. Cuomo should have known better if he wanted to be president while the democrats/MSM were putting him on a pedestal recently while he was out there fabricating COVID de.ath counts in NY to cover-up that he was literally kil.ling grandma.
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trumpy had 16 complaints against him and he paid hush money to some to keep quiet and there wasn't an up roar for him to resign by the republicans.
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Scott Bailey Mar 14, 2021 7:42PM ET
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I dont condon the bad behaivor, but the key difference was that Trump was not using his office as president to influence people to accept his advances. Cuomo DID!
Gene Cao
Gene Cao Mar 14, 2021 7:42PM ET
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well let me remind you that Cuomo withheld the true death numbers while he is in PUBLIC OFFICE same with the sexual harassment. While Trump might had sexual harassment others, but thats when he was just a private corp head, not as the POTUS.
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Silence Dogood Mar 14, 2021 7:42PM ET
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Me comment  consensual affairs of a private citizen are not news.
 
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