Joe Biden calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign after NY AG’s report that he sexually harassed 11 women

President Joe Biden called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Tuesday afternoon, echoing calls made by other Democratic Congressional leaders. 

‘I think he should resign,’ Biden said, after telling reporters that he stood by his previous statement that if the investigation found accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo were credible, the New York Democrat should step aside. 

The president answered, ‘let’s take one thing at a time here,’ when asked if Cuomo should be impeached and removed from office. 

He also demurred when asked if Cuomo should be prosecuted. 

Cuomo has refused to resign and is contesting a damning report from AG Letitia James that found he did sexually harass 11 women. 

Cuomo claims it omits facts and is a political attack on him – despite growing calls to step down and the increasing likelihood of impeachment. 

Cuomo had used a photo of Biden in his slideshow of touchy-feely behavior, explaining it away as it being just how he is.

When asked being included, Biden replied: ‘Look, I’m not going to fly speck this.’   

He added: ‘I’m sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.’ 

President Joe Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign during a Q&A session at the White House Tuesday afternoon

President Joe Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign during a Q&A session at the White House Tuesday afternoon

President Joe Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign during a Q&A session at the White House Tuesday afternoon 

Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James' report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character

Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James' report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character

Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James’ report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character








Biden said he hadn’t spoken to Cuomo on Tuesday. 

‘I’ve not read the report. I don’t know the detail of it. All I know is the end result,’ the president said. 

Biden was delivering remarks on COVID-19 and stuck around to answer questions. 

His resignation call came moments after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed the same opinion.   

Pelosi called James’ investigation ‘comprehensive and independent.’   

‘As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth,’ Pelosi said. 

‘Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.’ 

The Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl Heastie, said later on Tuesday that Cuomo has lost the confidence of the Democratic majority and ‘can no longer remain in office.’ He said he hopes to conclude the impeachment investigation ‘as quickly as possible.’ 

James released her long-awaited report into the allegations against embattled Cuomo on Tuesday morning. 

It says he sexually harassed 11 women including some whose allegations were not previously known, like two state troopers and an executive assistant who says he groped her breast at the governor’s mansion in Albany in November 2020. 

Biden spoke moments after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a statement calling on Cuomo to resign

Biden spoke moments after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a statement calling on Cuomo to resign

Biden spoke moments after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a statement calling on Cuomo to resign 

James said all of the allegations are corroborated but she has not recommended any criminal charges against him, saying the scope of her work didn’t include prosecution. 

There has since been an onslaught of calls for him to resign afterwards on both sides of the aisle, including from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who went as far as to call for him to be impeached.  

In his address, Cuomo he said he is a ‘warm’ person who sometimes ‘slips’ and calls women who work for him ‘sweetheart and darling’, but insisting he has never been predatory or physical in his interactions with staffers.

His attorney has also released an 85-page rebuttal to the report which she says she will continue to update. 

‘Even on a quick first review, it is clear that the report purposefully omits key evidence,’ said Cuomo’s attorney Rita M. Glavin. 

In his televised address, Cuomo used a slideshow of images of him hugging and kissing people throughout his life to demonstrate what he described as an affectionate and tactile personality, that he says the women have confused for a sexual predator.     








The 168-report was released on Tuesday after a five month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 women who say Cuomo sexually harassed them either by groping them or making inappropriate comments dating back to 2013

The 168-report was released on Tuesday after a five month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 women who say Cuomo sexually harassed them either by groping them or making inappropriate comments dating back to 2013

The 168-report was released on Tuesday after a five month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 women who say Cuomo sexually harassed them either by groping them or making inappropriate comments dating back to 2013 

New York Attorney General Letitia James announcing her findings on Tuesday after a five month investigation. She said she believes all of the women but she cannot bring criminal charges, instead saying her focus was on determining if the allegations were true

New York Attorney General Letitia James announcing her findings on Tuesday after a five month investigation. She said she believes all of the women but she cannot bring criminal charges, instead saying her focus was on determining if the allegations were true

New York Attorney General Letitia James announcing her findings on Tuesday after a five month investigation. She said she believes all of the women but she cannot bring criminal charges, instead saying her focus was on determining if the allegations were true 








‘This has been a long and painful period for me and my family as others feed stories to the press. I never touched anyone inappropriately. The facts are much different to what has been portrayed. 

‘I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public service. That is just not who I am or who I ever have been,’ he said. 

He went on: ‘Trial by newspaper and biased reviews are not the way to find the facts. I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and jury because this just did not happen.’ 

Biden didn’t comment when the report initially dropped telling reporters during a meeting with Latino leaders: ‘I’m going to be speaking on COVID at 4 o’clock and will take questions on COVID and other issues after that.’  

 ‘It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor. ‘He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately,
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  

He had been asked if Cuomo should resign. 

In his rebuttal, Cuomo said he’d never sexually harass anyone, much less a sexual assault survivor like Charlotte Bennett – one of the accusers – claiming he has helped a female relative overcome sexual abuse himself.

He said that the women invariably misinterpreted his ‘warm’ gestures like hugs and kisses, or misunderstood compliments.  

After he spoke, critics renewed calls for him to resign and some suggested he should be impeached.   

‘My first thoughts are with the women who were subject to this abhorrent behavior, and their bravery in stepping forward to share their stories. 

CUOMO FACING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND IMPEACHMENT 

The Albany District Attorney said on Tuesday he would use the NY Attorney General’s report in Andrew Cuomo in an ongoing criminal investigation into the embattled governor as New York State Democrats plotted to impeach him. 

Cuomo, who denies the allegations in the report, has vowed to fight them and is refusing to step down. 

Now some of the most senior Democrats in the New York Legislature are planning to draw up articles to impeach him. 

‘Governor Cuomo must resign. The Attorney General’s report leaves no room for any other acceptable course. 

‘It confirms that federal and state laws were broken. 11 women is 11 too many,’ Senator Liz Krueger, one of the most senior Democrats in New York’s Senate, tweeted. 

AG Letitia James did not weigh any criminal charges against Cuomo but Albany DA David Soares has launched an investigation and is asking women to come forward.  

‘We will be formally requesting investigative materials obtained by the AG’s Office and we welcome any victim to contact our office with additional information.

‘As this matter is developing and we are reviewing the document released by the AG today, we will refrain from any additional public comment at this time regarding the status of the ongoing criminal investigation by our office,’ he tweeted in a statement.  

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that if Cuomo continues to resist calls to step down, he must be impeached. 

‘It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor. 

‘He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately.’

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‘The Attorney General’s detailed and thorough report substantiates many disturbing instances of severe misconduct. Andrew Cuomo committed sexual assault and sexual harassment, and intimidated a whistleblower. 

‘It is disqualifying.

‘It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor. 

‘He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately,’ NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. 

New York Senate Minority and Majority Leaders both called for him to resign. 

‘The Attorney General’s report clearly and concisely documents that Governor Cuomo engaged in disturbing and unacceptable behavior.

‘Andrew Cuomo lacks the integrity required to be the leader of our state and can no longer serve as New York’s Governor.

‘He must heed the calls of so many New York leaders and resign,’ Senate Minority Leader Michael Gianaris said. 

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins said: ‘This report highlights unacceptable behavior Cuomo and his administration. The Governor must resign for the good of the state. 

‘Now that the investigation is complete, and the allegations have been substantiated, it should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as Governor.’ 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a joint statement calling for Cuomo’s resignation.

‘As we have said before, the reported actions of the Governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable. Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so.

‘The New York State Attorney General has conducted an independent, thorough and professional investigation that found the Governor violated state and federal law, had a pattern of sexually harassing current and former employees, retaliated against at least one of the accusers and created a hostile work environment.

‘No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign.’  

The 168-page report by James’ office finds that Cuomo fostered a ‘toxic work environment’ where women were punished for reporting their allegations. It says that instead of dealing with the complaints properly, the women were simply moved out of his orbit, into different departments.  

The report cites ‘relevant laws’ as Employer Liability and Executive Chamber Policy.  The Governor, who has always denied the allegations, is yet to respond to the report’s findings. 

Among the allegations which the report says are true is that he sexually harassed a state trooper by running his ‘finger from her neck down her spine’ while they were sharing an elevator and saying ‘hey you’. 

He is also said to have rubbed a state employee’s stomach, ran his finger across the chest of another woman, and engaged in ‘widespread pattern’ of subjecting women to ‘unwanted hugs’.  

The report concludes: ‘The Governor sexually harassed a number of State employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching, as well as by making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments. 

‘We find that such conduct was part of a pattern of behavior that extended to his interactions with others outside of State government.’ 

Non-consensual touching, repeatedly made comments of a sexualized, gender based nature. Cuomo was grilled for 11 hours as part of the investigation. 

During questioning, the report says he ‘did not dispute that he sometimes commented on staff members’ appearance and attire (although generally only to compliment), and stated that, being ‘old fashioned,’. 

He said he uses terms like ‘honey’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’ and that he regularly gave women hugs and kisses – sometimes on the lips.  

THE BOMBSHELL CUOMO REPORT  – TEXTS BETWEEN AIDES REVEAL HOW HE MADE GIRLS ‘DO PUSH UPS’ AND REVEAL HE SANG ‘I LOVE YOU BABY’ TO ONE ACCUSER DOWN THE PHONE

Charlotte Bennett, in an Instagram story selfie, said the Governor had challenged her to a 'push-up competition'

Charlotte Bennett, in an Instagram story selfie, said the Governor had challenged her to a 'push-up competition'

Charlotte Bennett, in an Instagram story selfie, said the Governor had challenged her to a ‘push-up competition’ 

The bombshell, 163-page report reveals new details including the evidence used by investigators to reach their findings. 

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a ‘great conversation’ with the  ‘Governor’, and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable. 

Others include emails from some of Cuomo’s staff, including one with a tweet by one of his accusers which shows her support of Cuomo. 

The aide sent it to an AP reporter in an apparent attempt to discredit the accuser. 

The investigators also included an Instagram selfie where Bennett also boasted: ‘The governor invited me to lift weights with him. 

‘He challenged me to a push-up competition’. 

She had told her parents how he was surprised to learn that she lifted weights and boxed, and that he had asked her to do push-ups in the office. 

Elsewhere, current aides discuss their strategy on how to respond to the allegations and they used Biden’s response to his accuser, Tara Reade. 

They also discussed an op-ed that Cuomo wanted to write to discredit Boylan, one of the accusers, and said of one woman’s allegation: ‘This doesn’t pass the smell test’. 

It was a reference to Anna Ruch and her complaint about Cuomo grabbing her face and kissing her on the cheek at a wedding in 2019. 

In texts to another aide, Bennett said Cuomo repeated to her ‘over and over’ that she had been ‘raped’.  

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a ‘great conversation’ with the ‘Governor’, and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a 'great conversation' with the 'Governor', and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

Those include text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a ‘great conversation’ with the ‘Governor’, and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.

THE 11 WOMEN CUOMO HARASSED WITH UNWANTED TOUCHING, KISSING, INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS AND RETALIATION 

‘Executive Assistant One’ 

The report says Cuomo groped ‘Executive Assistant One’ repeatedly sexually harassed her when she worked for him by subjecting her to ‘close and intimate hugs’, ‘kisses on the cheeks and forehead’, ‘at least one kiss on the lips’ and ‘touching her butt’. 

He allegedly referred to her and one other assistant as ‘mingle mamas’ and asked her repeatedly if she would ever cheat on her husband. 

In November 2020, he allegedly groped her breast at the Executive Mansion in Albany. 

‘For over three months, Executive Assistant #1 kept this groping incident to herself and planned to take it ‘to the grave,’4 but found herself becoming emotional (in a way that was visible to her colleagues in the Executive Chamber) while watching the Governor state, at a press conference on March 3, 2021, that he had never ‘touched anyone inappropriately.’

She then confided in certain of her colleagues, who in turn reported her allegations to senior staff in the Executive Chamber, the report says. 

State Trooper #1 

The report says Cuomo sexually harassed a state trooper, referred to as Trooper #1, who he hired onto his protective detail, bending the three-year experience requirement. 

Once she was on his team, he allegedly ‘sexually harassed her on a number of occasions’ by ‘running his hand across her stomach  from her belly button to her right hip while she held a door open for him at an event’, ‘running his finger down her back’ while they were in an elevator together and saying ‘hey you’, kissing her on the cheek. 

He also allegedly asked her to help him find a girlfriend and said he wanted someone who ‘liked pain’, and asked her why she wanted to get married, saying ‘your sex drive goes down’. 

‘Trooper #1 found these interactions with the Governor not only offensive and uncomfortable, but markedly different from the way the Governor interacted with members of the PSU who were men, and she conveyed these incidents contemporaneously to colleagues,’ the report reads. 

Charlotte Bennett, 2020 

Charlotte Bennett

Charlotte Bennett

Charlotte Bennett 

Bennett worked briefly for Cuomo as an aide. 

AG Letitia James says her allegations that Cuomo harassed her with a series of comments are corroborated. 

Among his alleged remarks are questions about if she’d date older men, asking her help to find a girlfriend, and apparently quizzing her on a sexual assault she had endured. 

One of the other comments that he made was that he wanted to ride into the mountains with women. 

State Entity Employee #1

The unidentified employee said she attended an event with Cuomo in September 2019. 

After giving a speech, Cuomo is said to have posed for pictures with her. While the picture was being taken, he ‘grabbed her butt’. 

‘The employee was shocked and discussed it with a number of friends, family and co-workers,’ the report says. 

She also ‘memorialized the Governor’s inappropriate touching’ contemporaneously, but the report doesn’t say how.  

State Entity Employee #2  – Doctor who gave Cuomo his COVID test on camera

One of the women whose allegations were corroborated was the doctor who performed his COVID-19 test at one of his March 2020 press conferences. 

She says that when he told her, in front of cameras ‘nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good,’ it was sexual harassment. 

One of the women whose allegations were corroborated was the doctor who performed his COVID-19 test at one of his March 2020 press conferences.

One of the women whose allegations were corroborated was the doctor who performed his COVID-19 test at one of his March 2020 press conferences.

One of the women whose allegations were corroborated was the doctor who performed his COVID-19 test at one of his March 2020 press conferences.

She says that when he told her, in front of cameras 'nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good,' it was sexual harassment.

She says that when he told her, in front of cameras 'nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good,' it was sexual harassment.

She says that when he told her, in front of cameras ‘nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good,’ it was sexual harassment.

The investigators agreed. They also said that before the test, he asked her not to swab him so hard that it ‘hit his brain’. 

She replied that she’d be ‘gentle but accurate’ and he said ‘I’ve heard that before,’ which the doctor said was ‘implied in a sexual nature’.  

Virginia Limmiatis

Virginia Liammiatis worked for National Grid and was wearing a t-shirt with the company’s name written across her chest when she says she met Cuomo. 

He ran his ‘two fingers across her chest, pressing down on each of the letters as he did so and reading out the name of the company as he went’. 

The report says he then ‘leaned in, with his face close to her cheek, and said ‘I’m going to say I see a spider on your shoulder’ before brushing the area between her shoulder and her breasts’.  

‘Ms. Limmiatis came forward in this investigation after she heard the Governor state, during the March 3, 2021 press conference, that he had never touched anyone inappropriately. 

National Grid worker Virginia Limmiatis

National Grid worker Virginia Limmiatis

Lindsey Boylan

Lindsey Boylan

National Grid worker Virginia Limmiatis (left) who said he touched her chest while running his hand across her t-shirt. Lindsey Boylan (right) 

‘As Ms. Limmiatis testified to us, ‘He is lying again. 

‘He touched me inappropriately. I am compelled to come forward to tell the truth… I didn’t know how to report what he did to me at the time and was burdened by shame, but not coming forward now would make me complicit in his lie, and I won’t do it.” 

Lindsey Boylan

Boylan says that Cuomo made inappropriate remarks to her when she worked as Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation including that he found her attractive and that he wanted to play strip poker. 

She also says that he physically touched her on various parts of her body, including her waist, legs, and back. 

She claims that once she reported her allegations, she was victimized by his team who ran a smear campaign against her while she ran for office.   

Alyssa McGrath 

McGrath was another executive assistant who says Cuomo harassed her. 

‘In his interactions with another executive assistant, Alyssa McGrath, the Governor made inappropriate comments and engaged in harassing conduct, including: regularly asking about her personal life, including her marital status and divorce; asking whether Ms. McGrath would tell on Executive Assistant #1 if she were to cheat on her husband—and whether Ms. McGrath herself planned to ‘mingle’ with men’.  

Alyssa McGrath

Alyssa McGrath

Ana Liss

Ana Liss

Alyssa McGrath (left)  who worked as an executive assistant for the Governor. She says he made inappropriate remarks about her personal life. Ana Liss (right). Liss worked in the Executive Chamber between 2013 and 2015, during which time she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being called ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and placing his hand around her lower waist.

‘Kaitlin’ 

Kaitlin – whose second name is not public – met the Governor in 2016 at a fundraising event where they were photographed together in a dance pose. 

Afterwards, she was hired by him in a junior position but given a salary of $120,000 – a figure so high she says it was laughed at in her interview.  

Ana Liss 

Liss worked in the Executive Chamber between 2013 and 2015, during which time she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being called ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and placing his hand around her lower waist. 

Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the Governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress. She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying 'wow, you're aggressive,' according to the report.

Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the Governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress. She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying 'wow, you're aggressive,' according to the report.

Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the Governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress. She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying ‘wow, you’re aggressive,’ according to the report.

He also kissed her hands and cheek, she said.

Despite feeling uncomfortable, she says she did not report them because ‘for whatever reason, in his office the rules were different. It was just, you should view it as a compliment if the Governor finds you aesthetically pleasing enough, if he finds you interesting enough to ask questions like that. 

‘And so even though it was strange and uncomfortable and technically not permissible in a typical workplace environment, I was in this mindset that it was the twilight zone and…the typical rules did not apply.’ 

Anna Ruch 

Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the Governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress. 

She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying ‘wow, you’re aggressive,’ according to the report. 

Cuomo then grabbed her face with both of his hands and said ‘can I kiss you?’ 

He was pictured kissing her cheek.  

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