Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone from a vaulted leader in his party to the recipient of widespread calls for his resignation or impeachment.
The dramatic reversal of fortunes is the result of a report by state Attorney General Letitia James linking him to a pattern of sexual harassment that has led even President Joe Biden to urge him to step down.
“I don’t know that for a fact”
According to Fox News, Biden is among a growing number of prominent Democrats now making such a request. The list includes one-time allies like New York State Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs.
“I think he should resign,” the president told reporters on Tuesday. “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach. I don’t know that for a fact.”
Biden revealed his thoughts on the matter after a press conference in which James laid out the findings of her office’s months-long investigation.
“This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law,” the attorney general said.
Her report found that Cuomo ran a “toxic workplace” characterized by an environment of “fear and intimidation” in which victims were pressured to keep his improper behavior under wraps.
“Swift and definite justice”
Republicans are also clamoring for Cuomo’s ouster, and House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) took her criticism a step further.
“No one is above the law and today justice must be served,” she explained in a tweet on Tuesday. “Governor Cuomo must resign and be arrested immediately.”
Stefanik noted that the attorney general’s investigation “confirms Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed and assaulted multiple women, including employees in his office and state troopers.”
Going on to describe the 11 accusers who spoke out against Cuomo as “brave women,” the lawmaker asserted that they “deserve swift and definite justice.”
The troubling allegations against the governor might strike some critics as ironic given his self-styled reputation as a defender of women. In 2016, he lashed out against supporters of then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, insisting: “If you support him, you stand against women. There is no ‘but’ in this situation.”