New York prosecuting attorney Anne Donnelly on Tuesday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to step down from his role in light of the state attorney general’s report that found he sexually harassed multiple women.
What she said: Donnelly, who was tapped by Nassau County Republican Party as their candidate for district attorney in a special election this November, said that the findings in the report warrant Cuomo’s resignation from his current position.
“The Governor must immediately resign based upon the findings contained in the report that the Attorney General of New York State released today,” she told Townhall in a statement. “It is also my opinion as a career prosecutor, that justice requires the Governor’s prosecution for his actions. The Attorney General’s report reveals a disturbing pattern of sexual harassment and retaliation on the part of the Governor.”
“How can you stare down this litany of charges and allegations and say ‘I’m not going to resign’?” Donnelly told the outlet in an interview, adding that he should face criminal charges. “As a career prosecutor, I wouldn’t stand by and let anybody get away with that, especially not a public official.”.
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“I hope the report gives the victims some comfort in knowing their allegations were taken seriously, they were investigated seriously. And that’s why I believe there has to be some repercussions to [Cuomo] in order to give these victims and women who are victims to this type of abuse a clear picture that they will be held accountable,” the attorney said.
How we got here: New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday released a report that said Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women who worked for the state and elsewhere. Investigations also found that he retaliated against a former employee who spoke about his conduct publicly and that the working environment in his office was “unsafe” and “hostile” for many staffers.
James said the findings show that the New York governor violated state and federal law but there are no specific penalties tied to the report.
Cuomo denied the sexual harassment allegations in a televised speech and put on a slideshow of photos showing him kissing and hugging other people, in an attempt to prove that he is affectionate with everyone.
“The facts are much different than what has been portrayed,” the governor said. “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
“I do it with everyone. Black and White, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street,” Cuomo claimed.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden also urged Cuomo to resign.
“I think he should resign,” Biden told reporters. “I’m sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent. But apparently, the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.”