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Pelosi: Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'credible'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday called the sexual harassment allegations levied against New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Broadway to fully reopen in September Mets, Yankees to open vaccination sites to fans before games 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 GillibrandAustin tight lipped on whether to take sexual assault cases out of commanders' hands Gillibrand touts legislation to lower drug costs: This idea 'is deeply bipartisan' A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces 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 TonkoHouse GOP campaign arm adds to target list Unleashing an American-led clean energy economy to reach net-zero emissions Lawmakers press federal agencies on scope of SolarWinds attack 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.