Cuomo denies wrongdoing and says he has no intention of resigning.
US President Joe Biden considers it appropriate to wait for the end of the investigation into the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, and only then raise the question of his resignation in the light of allegations of sexual harassment.
“I think that we need to see what the investigation will lead to,” the American leader said, answering a question from journalists. The White House press pool quotes the president’s words.
Earlier, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who represent the state of New York in the upper house of the US Congress, called on Cuomo to vacate his post in light of the scandal. Before that, at least 11 Democrats representing the state in the lower house of the country’s legislature made a similar call.
The scandal began after several women accused Cuomo, who is an influential representative of the Democratic Party, of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. A profile committee of the lower house of the New York Legislature on Thursday began proceedings to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for depriving Cuomo of his powers as governor. Many members of the state legislature, including Democrats, supported his impeachment. Cuomo denies wrongdoing and says he has no intention of resigning.
This is not the first high-profile scandal in recent months in which the governor was involved. Earlier, US federal authorities and the Brooklyn District attorney’s office launched an investigation into the Cuomo administration, suspected of concealing the true number of deaths from the effects of infection with the new coronavirus in the state’s nursing homes in the spring and summer of last year. In 2020, the politician was very popular in the United States, as it was believed that he effectively organized the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.