President Joe Biden has finally broken his silence on the more than half-dozen allegations of sexual harassment that have been lodged against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
Spoiler alert: He didn’t join those calling upon Cuomo to resign.
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden finally weighed in on Cuomo’s latest and greatest scandal on Sunday evening. Just after stepping off of Marine One, the president was pressed by reporters for comment.
“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” Biden said of the allegations, as the Examiner reported.
Not long thereafter, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain made an appearance on MSNBC, where he was asked whether the president agrees with those calling for Cuomo to step down in light of the claims.
“What the president said is that there’s a process,” Klain said, according to the Examiner. “These charges are very serious charges. They ought to be investigated, and that process ought to run its course, and, you know, I think it’s up to the people of New York about Gov. Cuomo’s continuing ability to govern there.”
Time to resign?
Cuomo, for his part, is facing claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault from no less than seven different women, most of whom served as staffers in his administration. In addition, the governor is taking flak for drastically underreporting the number of coronavirus-related deaths that occurred in the state’s nursing homes under his policies.
It all has many, including New York Sens. Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D), pushing for Cuomo’s resignation.
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the Democrat senators said, according to CNBC. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”
Through it all, the governor has remained defiant, however.
“I did not do what has been alleged. Period,” Cuomo told reporters last week, according to a separate report from the Examiner. “I’m not going to resign.”
For now, it looks like Cuomo still has the support of the president in his decision to hold off on resigning. But with the chorus of lawmakers calling for the governor to step down growing by the day, Biden may soon find himself on the wrong side of this controversy.