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Pelosi: Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'credible'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Biden to address Congress on April 28 NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday called the sexual harassment allegations levied against New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew Mexico governor settles with former campaign aide over claim of unwanted sexual behavior Fauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness New Mexico governor signs marijuana legalization bill 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 GillibrandJon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday. Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) and Nydia VelazquezNydia Margarita VelasquezOvernight Defense: Navy medic killed after wounding 2 sailors in Maryland shooting | Dems push Biden for limits on military gear transferred to police | First day of talks on Iran deal 'constructive' House Democrats push Biden to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Where to, Puerto Rico? 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 TonkoUnleashing an American-led clean energy economy to reach net-zero emissions Lawmakers press federal agencies on scope of SolarWinds attack OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine 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.