Former CNN host Chris Cuomo was fired by the cable network in December over what was described at that time as “new information” regarding his level of involvement in helping his older brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), fight back against allegations of sexual misconduct.
Now, that “new information” has been shared with the general public by way of four videos documenting Chris Cuomo’s testimony to investigators from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office on July 15, 2021, The Daily Wire reports.
The newly released videos accompany transcripts of the interview that were released in November and provide a fuller picture of the efforts undertaken by the cable news host to defend and protect his embattled brother — efforts that grossly violated journalistic ethics and ultimately led to him being fired.
Just helping a brother out?
Fox News reports that the “damning” videos, which can be viewed in their entirety at the New York AG’s website, leave little doubt as to why CNN felt compelled to cut loose the man who had arguably been their highest-rated star.
The now-former CNN host was described as remaining calm, if at times a bit frustrated, throughout the nearly six-hour-long interview with New York investigators who were probing the multiple allegations of misconduct lodged by staffers for then-Gov. Cuomo.
The younger Cuomo told investigators that he’d contacted other reporters and sources to try and find out if any additional accusers were about to go public, a move he dismissed as no big deal and “business as usual” for journalists.
However, that admission flatly contradicts what Chris Cuomo told his audience last August, when he swore he’d made no efforts to intercede on his brother’s behalf amid the growing sexual misconduct scandal.
In his interview with investigators, Chris Cuomo blamed “media noise” and pointed to his desire to defend a family member as justification for his actions.
Compliance with state discovery laws
According to Fox, AG James’ office was initially reluctant to release transcripts or videos of the interviews in probe of Gov. Cuomo, but was eventually compelled to comply with the state’s discovery law once a criminal complaint was filed against the disgraced politician.
The attorney general’s office said the newly released videos, each ranging from one to two hours, are “the final set of videos, transcripts, and corresponding exhibits from the independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations” against Andrew Cuomo.
With any luck, this will be the final nail in the coffins of the careers of both Cuomo brothers.