Joe Biden, President of the United States. Reuters / Kevin Lamarck
US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that New York Governor Andrew CuomoYou must resign if the allegations of sexual harassment against you are upheld.
“Yes,” Biden responded when asked whether Cuomo should resign if the investigation confirmed allegations leveled against him by several women.
”I think, then, that he may also be tried before justice“he added.
Since February, eight women have reported inappropriate comments and actions by Cuomo, including a former employee who accused him of accessing her shirt in 2020.
Cuomo, 63, 10 years at the helm of influential New York state, refused to give in to calls for his resignationThey denounced the “false” accusations.
Friday, he asked to wait for the results of the investigations.
Biden considers the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo to “concern”On Monday, White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said.
”The President finds it disturbing and difficult to readPsaki responded when asked about the allegations of seven women who have come to light against Cuomo.
Pictured is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. EFE / Seth Winnig / Archive
The spokeswoman admitted that “every woman who takes a step forward must be treated with dignity and respect,” “it seems that there are new events happening every day.”
Psaki considered it “appropriate” for the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, to initiate an independent investigation. Against the democratic ruler.
“The president thinks that is appropriate, and so does the vice president (Kamala Harris),” the spokeswoman added. The investigation must be prompt and thorough, consistent with the seriousness of the charges. “
The spokeswoman indicated that Biden had not spoken “personally” with the New York governor. He said he does not know if anyone in the White House has done so.
In any case, he acknowledged that the White House’s interest was that the COVID-19 epidemic was “still under control,” and indicated that they would continue to work with various governors, including Como, to continue working and providing economic assistance to address the health emergency.
Como, who became famous for managing the epidemic after New York became the global epicenter of the disease, He refused to resign despite allegations of sexual harassment, which he categorically denied.
Lindsay Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, the two former officials who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment
The New York Legislative Council announced the opening of an investigation last Thursday to determine whether he would be impeached, while a group of 59 Democrats in the state issued a statement calling for him to step down.
Eleven US House of Representatives joined the state lawmakers’ demands on Friday.They include the progressive Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Jamal Bowman, who called for the politician’s departure.
Also on that day, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, and fellow progressive Kirsten Gillebrand, both representing New York, called for the governor’s resignation, stating that he had “lost the confidence” of his aides. In the government and people of New York.
And Sunday, The Democratic US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi Cuomo called for thinking about “the extent of the effectiveness of his leadership of the country under the existing circumstances.”
Cuomo faces the second scandal within weeks, after Melissa DeRosa, his main aide, admitted that they had delayed handing over data on Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes for fear of the Justice Department, under the Donald Trump administration. These numbers can be used “against you”.
With information from EFE
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