President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale MORE on Tuesday called for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoHere's who should (and should not) replace Chris Cuomo at CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - New vaccine mandate in NYC; Biden-Putin showdown Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses Cuomo brothers' delayed downfall 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 StephanopoulosSunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant Baldwin says he doesn't feel guilty for 'Rust' shooting: Someone else 'is responsible' Baldwin details how gun misfired on 'Rust' set despite trigger never being pulled 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 SchumerBuild Back Better Is bad for the states Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote 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 GillibrandLawmakers reach compromise on annual defense policy bill Ex-officials voice deep concerns over new Pentagon UFO unit Paid leave advocates ramping up the pressure on Manchin and Schumer 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 MeeksWhite House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Democrats ask what went wrong on Election Day On The Money — Presented by Citi — Pelosi plays hardball with Manchin 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.