Biden: Cuomo should resign if harassment probe confirms allegations

President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE on Tuesday said New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoBroadway to fully reopen in September Mets, Yankees to open vaccination sites to fans before games Cuomo signs legislation restoring voting rights to felons upon release from prison MORE (D) should resign and possibly face criminal prosecution if allegations of sexual harassment are proven by an ongoing investigation.

"A woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and victimized by her coming forward," Biden told ABC News. "But there should be an investigation to determine what she says is true. That's what's going on now."

"And you’ve been very clear, if the investigation confirms the claims, he’s gone?" George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosHarris: I don't think America is a racist country, but we need to speak truth about history Biden meets with TV anchors ahead of joint address CDC director 'cautiously optimistic' about coronavirus situation in US MORE asked Biden.


"That’s what I think happens," Biden said. "And by the way, it may very well be that there could be a criminal prosecution attached to it."

Biden, who was the subject of allegations of inappropriate conduct that surfaced early in the the 2020 presidential campaign, added that it takes "a lot of courage to come forward" and that the accusations should be taken seriously.

The comments from Biden mark his most extensive to date since Cuomo has been engulfed in controversy, and they go further than his previous remarks, in which the president said the investigation should be left to run its course.

Seven women have come forward in recent weeks to allege Cuomo made inappropriate comments or made them feel uncomfortable during interactions in the workplace and social settings. One woman claimed Cuomo groped her during an interaction at the governor's mansion. That complaint has been referred to the Albany Police Department.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James (D) is conducting an investigation into the allegations against Cuomo.


The governor has denied the allegations and rejected growing calls for his resignation. Dozens of state lawmakers have called on Cuomo to step down, as have several congressional representatives from the state. Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.) joined the chorus late last week.

The White House has steadfastly steered clear of wading into the controversy surrounding Cuomo, who leads the National Governors Association (NGA). Cuomo is also a participant on weekly calls with White House officials about coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts.

Asked about whether Cuomo should step aside from his NGA role while James's investigation plays out, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBriahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump moves to his own blog as Facebook ban remains in place Biden on Cheney drama: 'I don't understand the Republicans' MORE said this week that would be a decision best left to the governors' association.

Updated at 8:32 p.m.