Chris Cuomo suspended indefinitely from CNN

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from the network on Tuesday after released texts and transcripts revealed he helped his brother obtain intel on accusers in the disgraced, former New York governor’s sexual misconduct scandal, the Associated Press reports. 

Documents released by New York Attorney General Letitia James indicated that Cuomo used his media sources to find out about accusations against his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), and it also revealed that he wrote statements for his brother during the investigation.

The level of involvement was greater than CNN officials knew, they admitted in a statement concerning Cuomo’s suspension. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said on Tuesday evening.

Cuomo had previously admitted talking to his brother about the accusations and the advice he offered at the time, but the texts and documents provided evidence that he wasn’t completely forthright in his admissions, in black and white, that CNN clearly couldn’t ignore.

“On it”

There were numerous texts between Cuomo and the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, including the following, as Breitbart noted.

“Melissa: Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow. Can u check your sources? Cuomo: On it. (Later) No one has heard that yet.”

He also texted a statement he wrote for Gov. Cuomo to explain why he would not resign due to the scandal.

“I will not resign, I cannot resign. I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that’s what this is… And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture.”

CNN’s in trouble

Cuomo had already been under fire for interviewing his brother on-air several times early in the pandemic, which violated CNN’s policies. The interviews were a ratings hit, however.

He insisted that he was not trying through his efforts to influence the network on behalf of his brother, and claimed at the time that he would not be able to do so even if he tried.

The suspension knocks out the most-watched show, of both primetime and daytime hours, on the ratings-starved cable news network. Cuomo’s primetime slot garners about 1.3 million viewers nightly, edging out Anderson Cooper’s show, and all of the rest.

Cooper subbed for Cuomo on the show Tuesday night, the first night of his suspension, but as of this writing, it’s not yet clear who will fill in for the suspended anchor for the time being.

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