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Biden says Cuomo should resign if investigation confirms sexual harassment allegations

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Asked by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News whether Cuomo should step down if the investigation confirms the allegations, Biden replied, “Yes.”

“I think it will probably end up being prosecuted as well,” Biden said.

The president added that “it should be presumed that a woman is telling the truth and should not be a scapegoat and be a victim of her advance.”

“He has a lot of courage to show up,” he said. “So the presumption is that they should be taken seriously. And it should be investigated. And that’s what’s underway now.”

The comments mark the president’s most explicit repudiation of Cuomo, as several women denounced sexual harassment or unwanted advances against the New York governor. They came in an interview with Stephanopoulos in which Biden encouraged immigrants not to come to the United States as a crisis unfolds on the country’s southwestern border (with thousands of unaccompanied children now in federal custody) and expressed its openness to change the The government of the Senate filibuster for the first time.
Biden he had said Sunday that he wants to see what comes from the allegations investigation when asked if the Democratic governor should resign?

“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” the president told reporters. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain echoed Biden’s comments Sunday evening, telling MSNBC that the investigation “should continue its course.”

“What the president said is that there is a process. These charges are very serious charges. They should be investigated and that process should continue its course,” said Klain, who later added that women who filed the complaints “have a right to be heard.”

The position of the White House is a remarkable break with the calls for the resignation of most New York Congress Delegation, included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The New York governor, faced with multiple allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted advances, has apologized for “making someone uncomfortable,” but said he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”

He is also the subject of an impeachment investigation after the president of the New York State Assembly authorized the chamber’s judicial committee to begin the investigation this month.

Still, while Cuomo’s resignation petitions are reflected a growing unrest among Democrats in the state of his permanence in the workplace, the prospect of actually forcing him to leave the post has been reduced and uncertain.

Democratic leaders in the state legislature are content to wait for a couple of investigations, one by State Attorney General Letitia James and the other about to be commissioned by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. to follow its course before formally initiating the removal process.

The investigation into the sexual harassment allegations is led by attorneys Joon Kim, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Anne Clark, an employment discrimination attorney.

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