Stefanik calls for Cuomo to be arrested
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to be arrested after an investigation found the governor had harassed multiple women.
In a statement, Stefanik also said President Biden 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.