New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces numerous calls to resign or be removed from office after State Attorney General Letitia James finds he sexually harassed several women, including employees current and former state.
James on Tuesday announced the results of his months-long investigation into Cuomo, who reportedly met investigators for an interview on July 17 after at least eight women accused him of sexual harassment or misconduct.
CUOMO SEXUALLY HARASSES MULTIPLE WOMEN IN VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAW, STUDY NY AG
The state attorney general found that the governor had engaged in “unwelcome and non-consensual” touching and made numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women and fostered a culture “filled with fear and intimidation”.
Calls to impeach Cuomo poured in shortly after James released his findings.
“The attorney general’s findings confirm what many of us already knew – this governor is not fit to lead,” tweeted National Assembly Member Ed Ra, a Republican. “Democrats and Republicans must come together and take a definitive, bipartisan stand against sexual harassment and toxic abuse in the workplace.”
State Assembly Member Ron Kim, a Democrat, called on the assembly to resume session “immediately” to begin the impeachment process.
“There is no longer any measure to hide the truth: the governor broke the law, so we must hold him responsible,” Kim said in a statement.
“When institutions do not believe the victims, allow predators to act with impunity or do not put in place protection policies, it sends a strong signal that tolerates this type of unacceptable behavior. We can no longer afford to ignore his transgressions: to do so will erode the integrity of our legislature and demonstrate its complicity in protecting a sexual predator. “
“We have to impeach,” tweeted State Congressman Harvey Epstein, a Democrat.
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Democratic State MP Linda B. Rosenthal tweeted: “It is our duty in the Assembly to impeach the governor. We owe it to all the women he has injured. #ImpeachCuomo.”
“Andrew Cuomo must step down,” tweeted the progressive Working Families Party.
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