President Joe Biden said Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign if an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed multiple women finds the claims are true.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he said, “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too.”
Biden said “it takes a lot of courage to come forward. So, the presumption is they should be taken seriously. And it should be investigated. And that’s what’s underway now.”
The comments are the most explicit from Biden on Cuomo’s political future.
Cuomo has been accused by multiple women, including former aides, of sexual harassment while his administration is also facing fire after it acknowledged withholding data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
Cuomo has refuted the allegations. He also made an apology if “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation,” which was criticized by accusers, and more have come forward since.
He has rejected the calls for him to resign, saying there is “no way” he would do so.
“The president finds them troubling, hard to read,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday about the sexual harassment allegations brought by at least six women and the claims of a hostile work environment.
Cuomo is facing investigations by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie into the sexual harassment claims and the scandal over COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.