House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign after New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) said an investigation showed he sexually harassed and inappropriately touched multiple women.
Pelosi said in a statement:
Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo has been completed.
As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth.
Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.
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— 92.5 FOX News (@925FMFOXNews) August 3, 2021
Pelosi’s statement made her the most powerful Democrat member of Congress to call for him to step down or be impeached. Earlier in the day, a string of progressive lawmakers, local politicians, and pundits called for his resignation or for him to be impeached if he did not resign. Some also called for Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, to resign.
Republicans are also calling for Cuomo to resign.
Hours after the news broke, President Joe Biden said at a press briefing that he maintained his earlier position that if the allegations against Cuomo were substantiated, he should step down. “Yes,” he said, when asked if he was calling on Cuomo to resign.
Joe Biden appears with Andrew Cuomo to unveil plans for new infrastructure projects (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
However, he stopped short of calling for him to be impeached and removed from office.
“Let’s take one thing at a time here. I think he should resign,” he said.