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Reaction to outcome of AG’s sexual harassment investigation into Cuomo

August 4, 2021

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many local, regional and national leaders are responding after New York State Attorney General Letitia James released her office’s report that found Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple current and former state government employees.

Cuomo remained defiant Tuesday following the investigation’s findings, saying that “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed” and appearing to reject calls to resign.

The nearly five-month investigation, conducted by two outside lawyers who spoke to 179 people, found that the Cuomo administration was a “hostile work environment” and that it was “rife with fear and intimidation.”

When a reporter asked President Joe Biden if he would call on Cuomo to resign, after saying in March that he would wait until the investigation was over to comment on whether or not Cuomo to resign, Biden said, “I stand by that statement.” The reporter then asked him if he was now calling on Cuomo to resign. Biden answered, “Yes.” When the reporter asked if Biden believed Cuomo should be impeached and removed if he does not resign, Biden said, “Let’s take one thing at a time here. I think he should resign.”

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