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Biden Says Cuomo Should Resign If Probe Confirms Misconduct And Will ‘Probably Be Prosecuted’

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday reiterated his desire to see an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct allegations by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo play out before drawing a conclusion, but said Cuomo should resign if the probe confirms the allegations.

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Asked by ABC News host George Stephanopoulos if his fellow Democrat should resign if the probe confirms the allegations, Biden replied, “Yes.”

Cuomo is facing public allegations from seven women ranging from unwanted comments and touching to groping, though an attorney representing one of the accusers said more have come forward privately.

Biden suggested all bets are off if the allegations are confirmed, stating Cuomo, his close political ally, will “probably end up being prosecuted too,” adding later in the interview that there “could be a criminal prosecution.”

Biden did not defend Cuomo beyond saying the investigation should run its course, but he said it “takes a lot of courage” to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations and that “the presumption should be that it’s taken seriously.”

Forbes has reached out to Cuomo’s office for comment.

Key Background

Once lauded for his coronavirus response and basking in sky-high approval ratings, Cuomo has seen his popularity plummet in recent months amid revelations his office counted some nursing home deaths as hospital deaths to downplay the severity of the pandemic in nursing homes. He has also been accused of threatening behavior by political associates and adversaries.

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“It is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign,” Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, said in a statement last week after most of New York’s House Democrats called for the same.

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In addition to the investigation, the New York State Assembly, which is controlled by a Democratic supermajority, has moved to impeach Cuomo.



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