BIDEN: “I think he should resign.”
U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined a chorus of lawmakers calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, after a report by the state's attorney general found that he had sexually harassed 11 women.
BIDEN: “I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach.”
Carl Heastie, speaker of the New York State Assembly authorized an impeachment investigation into Cuomo’s conduct and called the 168-page report from the attorney general's office (quote) ‘disturbing.’
CUOMO: "I never touched anyone inappropriately..."
In a video statement, 63-year-old Cuomo denied he acted inappropriately and said he had no plans to resign.
But the findings could signal a swift fall for Cuomo, who had become a popular national figure last year in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Tuesday statement, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth. Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.”
New York's two U.S. senators, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, also said Cuomo needed to go.
SCHUMER: “No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor's office, we continue to believe that the governor should resign.”
Some former staffers and accusers also spoke out on Twitter, including Ana Liss, who said, "Thank you, thank you to everyone who expressed support out loud and in whispers. For hugs and hand squeezes and texts. Thank you."