Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after harassment probe

President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE on Tuesday called for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE (D) to resign after the state attorney general concluded the governor sexually harassed numerous state employees.

"I think he should resign," Biden told reporters.

"I'm sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent. But apparently, the attorney general decided there were things that weren't," he added when asked about Cuomo highlighting instances of Biden hugging others in his defense.


Biden in March told ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSurgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' MORE that Cuomo should resign and potentially face criminal prosecution if an investigation validated allegations of sexual harassment.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) on Tuesday released the findings of a months-long investigation that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed multiple state employees, including a state trooper assigned to his security detail, and created a hostile work environment.

“Specifically, the investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York state employees by engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women," James said at a news conference detailing the findings.

James noted the report was a civil one, not one that would result in criminal referrals.

Biden joined scores of other Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.), in calling for Cuomo to step down in light of James's findings.


Cuomo was defiant in a pre-recorded response to the investigation, denying wrongdoing and saying he would not resign.

“The facts are much different than what has been portrayed,” Cuomo said. At one point, photos of Cuomo hugging and kissing family members and state leaders played as the governor argued it showed he is an affectionate person who did not mean to make others uncomfortable.

New York Democrats have overwhelmingly called on Cuomo to step down. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (D-N.Y.), a strong advocate for sexual assault survivors, reiterated her call for Cuomo to resign in the wake of the attorney general's report, and Reps. Hakeem Jeffires (D-N.Y.), Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksMeeks on being mistaken for a staffer: 'Glad I still blend in with the cool kids' Blinken grilled in first hearing since Afghanistan withdrawal Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) joined the chorus of lawmakers urging the governor to step down as well.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who would replace Cuomo if he resigned or were removed from office, called his behavior documented in the attorney general's report "repulsive and unlawful," but stopped short of calling for him to step down, citing her place in the line of succession.