Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi put apart her four-decade friendship with the Cuomo household and known as on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment corroborated by an in-depth investigation from the New York state lawyer common.
“Underneath Lawyer Common Letitia James, a complete and unbiased investigation into the allegations towards Governor Cuomo has been accomplished,” Pelosi stated in a statement. “As at all times, I commend the ladies who got here ahead to talk their fact. Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the workplace he holds, I name upon the Governor to resign.”
The Pelosi and Cuomo households have been shut pals for over 40 years. Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo’s father, endorsed Pelosi to be the chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee in 1984, when Mario Cuomo was the governor of New York. Mario Cuomo and Pelosi traveled to Italy collectively after the 1980 earthquake that killed practically 3,000 individuals. Pelosi additionally invited Matilda Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo’s mom, to Pope Francis’ deal with to Congress in 2015.
In March, Pelosi told ABC News the allegations towards Cuomo had been “credible and severe,” including that there’s “zero tolerance for sexual harassment.” When requested if the New York governor ought to resign, Pelosi was much less forthcoming: “The governor ought to look inside his coronary heart … to see if he can govern successfully.”
Eleven girls accused the New York governor of sexual harassment together with sexual feedback and undesirable touching. New York Lawyer Common Letitia James stated that Cuomo and his senior group created a hostile work surroundings for girls. The proof painted a “deeply disturbing but clear image” that Cuomo sexually harassed feminine staff, a lot of whom had been younger girls, James stated.
Cuomo denied the allegations afterward Tuesday, telling reporters he “by no means touched anybody inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
President Joe Biden known as on Cuomo to resign within the wake of the New York lawyer common’s findings. Outstanding New York Democrats together with U.S. Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) launched statements urging Cuomo to step down. New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio (D) said it’s “past clear that Andrew Cuomo is just not match to carry workplace.”
Democratic members of the New York State Meeting held a gathering Tuesday afternoon to debate the opportunity of impeachment after Cuomo held a weird press briefing through which he didn’t announce his resignation and insisted that the investigation’s findings had been biased.
“Now that the investigation is full and the allegations have been substantiated, it ought to be clear to everybody that he can not function governor,” New York state Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated in a statement.
New York state Meeting member Yuh-Line Niou, an outspoken critic of Cuomo’s, said she has already drafted articles of impeachment.
“I had them drafted yesterday,” Niou stated. “I had them drafted months in the past.”
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