Biden on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: ‘I Think He Should Resign’

Melanie Arter | August 3, 2021 | 5:07pm EDT
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo by HANS PENNINK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo by HANS PENNINK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Joe Biden said Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign after an independent investigation found that he sexually harassed 11 women who worked for him in violation of state and federal law.

During a press conference on COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the president was asked, “In March, you said if the investigation confirms the allegations against Governor Cuomo that he should resign. Will you now call on him to resign given the investigator said the 11 women were credible?”

“I stand by that statement,” Biden said.

“Are you now calling on him to resign?” CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked.


COLLINS: If he doesn't resign, do you believe he should be impeached and removed from office?

BIDEN: Let's take one thing at a time here. I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach. I don't know that for a fact. I've not read all that data.

COLLINS: He’s using a photo of you embracing him in his self-defense to say that these are commonplace embraces and the allegations against him. Do you condone that? 

BIDEN: Look, I'm not going to fly spec this. I'm sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren't. 

Meanwhile, more than two-thirds - 55 out of 63 members - of the New York State Senate have called for the governor to resign.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) added her name to a growing list of Democrats calling on Cuomo to step down.

“Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo has been completed. 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,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

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