Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) seemingly turned on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday night, telling MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell that the sexual misconduct claims that have been made against him are “really serious, really troubling,” and must be “carefully looked at.
O’Donnell asked Schumer if there is anything about new reports of yet another Cuomo accuser “that is changing your view of this?”
“Well, every one of these allegations is really serious, really troubling, and needs to be carefully, carefully looked at,” Schumer replied, according to Fox News. “I have always said that sexual harassment is just not tolerable in our society, and we know that. And so, I, early on, called for an independent investigation.”
“I have a great deal of faith, Lawrence, in the attorney general of New York State. She will uncover everything. She will turn over every stone,” he added. “She has subpoena power for both records and witnesses. And I am also confident that she will resist any outside interference, political or otherwise. I have faith in her.”
Twitter users noticed that Schumer rolled his eyes when O’Donnell said he was going to ask about the allegations against Cuomo.
This comes after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also appeared to turn on Cuomo, saying the sexual harassment claims against him are “credible.”
“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”
Cuomo has admitted to making offensive comments at times, saying, “At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny.”
However, Cuomo has unequivocally denied ever touching anyone inappropriately.
“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to,” he claimed. “That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.”
This piece was written by James Samson on March 11, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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