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Ocasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read'

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoPolice reforms are a minefield, even in progressive communities New York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation New York's wealthy could face 51.8 percent tax rate: report MORE (D) should face an independent investigation over accusations of sexual harassment from two former aides, one of the state's most prominent Democratic figures said Sunday.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.) joined the growing number of lawmakers from the state calling for  Cuomo to face an investigation that is not initiated or controlled by one of his appointees. The calls come after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, separately accused Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances while they were employed by the state.

"Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "There must be an independent investigation - not one led by an individual selected by the Governor, but by the office of the Attorney General."

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The comments from Ocasio-Cortez, along with similar remarks from White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House sends mixed message on higher taxes The Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges Biden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts MORE on CNN's State of the Union" on Sunday, are the latest signs that Democrats will not circle their wagons around Cuomo as he faces dual scandals in the former aides' claims as well as findings that New York officials hid thousands of COVID-19-related nursing home deaths from state tallies.

New York City's Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation How education entitlements can worsen racial disparities Five states account for nearly 44 percent of new US COVID-19 cases MORE (D), a political rival of Cuomo's, issued his own statement on Sunday calling on the governor to face two investigations over the scandals.

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"[T]he investigation into sexual misconduct must be led by someone fully independent of the governor," said the mayor.