Pelosi: Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'credible'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday called the sexual harassment allegations levied against New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D) “credible” and backed an independent investigation into his behavior.

In a statement, Pelosi said the two women who have accused Cuomo of harassment and inappropriate behavior should be taken seriously.

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Gov. Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity. The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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Cuomo has been accused by two former staffers of using language that made them uncomfortable and hinted at a desire for a sexual relationship. One of the accusers said Cuomo kissed her without consent.

Pelosi joins several members of Cuomo’s home-state delegation who called for an investigation over the weekend. 

“These allegations are serious and deeply concerning,” 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.) said Sunday. Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) and Nydia VelazquezNydia Margarita VelasquezDemocrat slams Yellen for failing to appear at hearing Democrats, organizations push to end giving military-grade gear to police Biden announces more diverse judicial nominees, including George W. Bush-nominated judge MORE (D-N.Y.) both called for investigations into Cuomo’s behavior. 

“For too long, women have been belittled into shame and silence by powerful men,” Velazquez said on Twitter on Sunday. “If we don’t move the needle, we are subjecting another generation of women to the same abuse.”

 

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“Sexual misconduct has no place anywhere, especially among our leaders or in our government. As a people, we have failed far too often to hear the victims of these abuses or hold powerful perpetrators accountable," Rep. Paul TonkoPaul David TonkoManchin puts foot down on key climate provision in spending bill House Democrats outline plan for transition to clean electricity The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Final countdown: Senate inches toward last infrastructure vote MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "I do believe that we must honor our commitments to due process, and so it is my most fervent hope that this matter will be fully reviewed, the participants heard and respected, and that the truth will be brought to light whatever it may be.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) said Sunday she was launching an inquiry and that her office would hire a law firm to oversee the investigation. James said the inquiry would give investigators subpoena power.

In his own statement Sunday, Cuomo denied inappropriately touching anyone but acknowledged his "interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended." 

His office in a separate statement said it would "voluntarily cooperate fully" with the investigation.