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Pelosi says women should be believed but stops short of calling for Cuomo resignation




“The governor should look at his heart, he loves New York, to see if he can govern effectively,” Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week”.

“What I said at the time these revelations were presented, I said that what these women have said should be treated with respect. They are credible and serious charges, and then I called for an investigation. I have confidence in the New York Attorney General, ”Pelosi said. “Once again, with all due respect to the world for what these women have come forward and said.”

Cuomo, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted advances, is also the subject of a dismissal investigation after the chairman of the New York State Assembly authorized the judicial committee to begin the investigation this week.

While Cuomo has apologized for “making anyone feel uncomfortable,” the Democrat has stated that “he never touched anyone inappropriately.”

Pelosi said Sunday that “people should look inside themselves and say, and Governor Cuomo too, are their leadership effective in leading the state in the circumstances that exist? But I think women deserve to be heard. “The results of this investigation, like the governor. There is no tolerance, no tolerance, this is a very close and dear subject for my heart.”

Pushed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos over whether to call for Cuomo’s resignation, the California Democrat responded: “I think we should see the results (of the investigation), but he can decide – and I hope that result will be soon. and what I’m saying is that the governor should look at his heart, he loved New York, to see if he can govern effectively. “

When CNN asked him after the interview why he would not call for Cuomo’s resignation – although Schumer did – Pelosi said Sunday: “He’s a New Yorker, I said what I said, that’s my statement. ”

Most New York Congress Democrats included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have asked Cuomo to resign following the allegations of sexual harassment and his treatment of the deaths of Covid-19 a residences for the elderly.

Schumer reiterated that call Sunday, telling MSNBC that Cuomo has lost the trust of others he needs to run his home state.

“I salute the brave women who showed up,” Schumer said Sunday morning. “There are multiple serious and credible allegations of abuse, so Governor Cuomo has lost the trust of his governing partners and so many New Yorkers, so for the sake of the state he should resign.”

When asked who would hear Cuomo within the New York delegation, Schumer replied, “Look, I’m not going to speculate about the future. I should resign, I should resign.”

During a conference call Friday, Cuomo made it clear he would not step down despite public pressure.

“I’m not going to give up. I wasn’t chosen by politicians, I was elected by the people,” he said, insisting that “New Yorkers know me.”

This story was updated Sunday with comments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.