Bipartisan calls emerge for Cuomo to step down amid bombshell report

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following a bombshell 165-page report released by state Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday, confirming the New York Democrat sexually harassed 11 women and retaliated against a former employee for speaking out.

The demands come after a months-long investigation into the governor’s conduct, with Cuomo denying any wrongdoing.

“The report can’t say anything different,” Cuomo told reporters in April, “because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) went as far as calling for Cuomo to be arrested for his conduct — adding that his accusers “deserve swift and definitive justice.”

“Governor Cuomo must resign and be arrested immediately. President Joe Biden must immediately call for Cuomo’s resignation. In December, I was the first federal official to publicly call for an independent investigation into Governor Cuomo’s sexual harassment, abuse, and assault,” she said in a statement.

“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. 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.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also said the governor should step down.

“Time for Governor Cuomo to resign.  There is no excuse, time is up,” he said on Twitter. 

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) quote tweeted a 2013 post by Cuomo stating sexual harassment shouldn’t be tolerated, while calling for him to “resign now.”

Agreed. Resign now and don’t force legislators to confront such staggering hypocrisy by impeaching you,” he posted.

And Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) added that “no one should be above the law.”

“No one should be above the law—and that includes Andrew Cuomo,” Cotton said.

The AG report found that Cuomo, 63, violated federal and state laws, having engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments,” some of which were staffers in their 20s and 30s.

One allegation included an aide accusing the New York governor of reaching under her blouse and groping her.

The probe was conducted by two outside lawyers, former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim and employment discrimination expert Anne Clark.

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