House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWyoming county GOP rejects effort to rescind Cheney's party status Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE (N.Y.) called for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay NY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns MORE (D) to be arrested after an investigation found the governor had harassed multiple women.
In a statement, Stefanik also said President BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE should call for the governor’s resignation.
“No one is above the law and today justice must be served. Governor Cuomo must resign and be arrested immediately,” Stefanik said. “President Joe Biden must immediately call for Cuomo’s resignation.”
MY FULL STATEMENT CALLING FOR THE ARREST OF GOVERNOR CUOMO pic.twitter.com/Xxl5ugsxTk— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 3, 2021
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced on Tuesday that a months-long investigation found Cuomo engaged in “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women harassed several women, including someone who worked in his office.”
The report also found that Cuomo and his aides retaliated against at least one former employee who came forward.
Stefanik — perhaps the highest-profile Republican from New York — has repeatedly pressured Cuomo to resign as women came forward with accusations against him. She’s also called for his resignation over his handling of coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes.
In her statement, she pointed out that she was “the first federal official to publicly call for an independent investigation” into Cuomo in December after Lindsey Boylan said the governor harassed her for years.
“The independent investigation led by the Attorney General's office confirms Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed and assaulted multiple women, including employees in his office and state troopers,” Stefanik said.
“The media and Democrats smeared me and closed ranks to protect Cuomo, a shameful chapter in New York history. All of them including his staff must be held to account. These brave women deserve swift and definitive justice,” she continued.