1 hr 2 min agoNew York City mayor says Cuomo should resign immediately From CNN’s Josiah Ryan
(CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign immediately or face impeachment, saying he believes the governor is guilty of “sexual assault” and could be held criminally responsible for his alleged actions.
“It’s disgusting,” said de Blasio. “…My heart goes out to these women… They were put through hell by a powerful man who held their career in his hands and used that power to manipulate, to have his way.””This is textbook sexual harassment and unfortunately… in some cases, sexual assault,” he continued. “Disgusting and troubling and unacceptable and he needs to leave office immediately.”
De Blasio went on to dismiss the defense Cuomo laid out for himself in a video presentation earlier today as “laughable.”
“If he won’t resign, he should be impeached as quickly as possible by the state legislator,” the mayor said. “He can’t govern.”
De Blasio went on to suggest he believed the governor should face criminal liability over the allegations.
“It looks that way to me,” he said, when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if Cuomo should he face criminal charges. “Any assault on a woman, and the assault on a woman, you should face criminal charges. But if you, on top of that, use your power and position to think you could cover up the assault, well, that sounds criminal to me.”
20 min agoNew York lawmaker says Cuomo “can no longer remain in office”From CNN’s Lauren del Valle
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued an updated statement on Tuesday, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo has “lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority,” and “can no longer remain in office.”
Heastie said after receiving all relevant documents and evidence from the New York attorney general, they “will move expeditiously and look to conclude our impeachment investigation.”
Since the scandal embroiled the governor last year, Heastie has repeatedly stayed away from calling for Cuomo’s resignation unlike other Democratic leaders.
Though he is not officially on the Judiciary Committee, which would present articles of impeachment to the State Assembly, his support for impeachment is necessary behind the scenes for the impeachment process to move forward as he is the highest-ranking member in the assembly.
1 hr 47 min agoPresident Biden calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign (Susan Walsh/AP)President Biden has called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign.
Asked at a press conference today if he will you call on Cuomo to resign given the investigators said the 11 women were credible, Biden said, “Yes.”
Biden said that he stood by his statement in March when he said that Cuomo should resign if the allegations were proven by the investigation.
“I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach. I don’t know that for fact. I have not read all that data,” Biden added.
In response to a follow-up question about Cuomo, Biden said that he had not read the report but stands by what he said in March.
“Look, what I said was if the investigation of the attorney general concluded that the allegations are correct, that back in March I would recommend he resign. That’s what I’m doing today. I have not read the report. I don’t know the detail of it. All I know is the end result.” Watch:
3 hr 1 min agoHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for Cuomo to resignDemocratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign in a statement today.
Here’s her statement:
“Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo has been completed.
“As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth.
“Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.” Some background: Pelosi’s statement is a turnaround from he
NYC mayor calls on Cuomo to resign immediately
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