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Psaki: Cuomo should face 'independent review' over sexual harassment allegations

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson delay prompts criticism of CDC panel | Pfizer CEO says third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within one year | CDC finds less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE called for an "independent review" into the allegations faced by New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York Philharmonic gives first public performance in more than a year Ron Kim on nursing home immunity repeal: It was critical 'to hold these facilities accountable' NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney MORE (D) on Sunday after the governor was accused of sexual harassment by two former aides.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Psaki was asked by host Dana BashDana BashArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Biden's first presser wasn't about him — not really Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19 MORE whether the White House believes the allegations raised by Charlotte Bennett in a New York Times interview Saturday. Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo, 63, of making unwanted sexual advances to her last spring while she was employed as an executive assistant in New York's state government. She was later transferred to a job as a health policy adviser.

"President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity. So should Lindsey [Boylan]," Psaki said, referring to a the first former aide who accused Cuomo of misconduct.

"There should be an independent review looking in to these allegations, and that's certainly something he supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible," Psaki continued.

Psaki's comments come as the governor faces calls for an investigation into his actions as well as for his resignation from Republicans such as Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse passes bill to combat gender pay gap Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (R-N.Y.), who called Cuomo a "criminal sexual predator" in a statement Saturday.

Cuomo has denied the allegations from the two women, claiming in a statement Saturday to the Times that he "never made advances" toward Bennett, "nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate."

“The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported,” the governor said Saturday. 

“Ms. Bennett was a hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID,” he continued, adding, “She has every right to speak out.”