President Biden believes an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Andrew Cuomo needs to play out, but if the allegations are proven true, the New York Governor should resign.
Biden’s comments, made during an interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos Tuesday night, are another sign that the President is playing it safe with an ally he once reportedly considered for Attorney General.
“I know you said you want the investigation to continue,” Stephanopoulos said to Biden. “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”
“Yes,” Biden replied. “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too.”
Of the scandals currently plaguing Cuomo, the sexual harassment claims, while nauseating, are more sensational but not quite as serious as the scandals involving nursing home deaths, obstructing justice revolving around the nursing home deaths, and threatening lawmakers.
That said, whatever happened to ‘believe all women?’
Now suddenly it’s ‘believe all women as long as a thorough investigation proves they’re not lying.’
Despite near-universal calls for Cuomo’s resignation from Democrats and Republicans, President Biden continues to play it safe.
“A woman should be presumed to be telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,” the President said. “There should be an investigation to determine whether what she says is true.”
Democrat New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting an independent investigation into the numerous sexual harassment claims, one of which involves groping a female aide.
The Albany Times Union reported that Cuomo “aggressively groped” the woman “in a sexually charged manner” after summoning her to the Executive Chamber.
The incident allegedly involved the Democrat governor “reach(ing) under her blouse” and fondling her.
An incident with potential criminal activity has since been reported to Albany police by the New York State Executive Chamber.
A reporter this past weekend became the seventh woman to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate touching saying, “Andrew Cuomo’s hands had been on my body … often enough by late 2014 that I didn’t want to go to the holiday party he was hosting for the Albany press corps.”
Stephanopoulos, often hailed as an exemplary member of the media, failed to follow up with Biden on two obvious transitions.
One, the more severe transgression involving the nursing home scandal, plus the subsequent cover-up.
And two, the more obvious transition, questioning Biden about his own numerous allegations of inappropriate touching.
No, Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against President Biden never dawned on Stephanopoulus.
Reade made an allegation of sexual assault against Biden during a podcast back last March after alluding to harassment in his office in the past.
“His hands were on me and underneath my clothes,” she alleged, claiming that when the assault was over Biden said, “C’mon man, I heard you liked me.”
Biden has repeatedly denied Reade’s story is true, saying her “claim has changed” and that “the truth of the case is nothing like this ever, ever happened.”
Perhaps that is why Biden can’t commit to calling on Cuomo to resign based on these women’s stories.
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