Biden says Andrew Cuomo accusers ‘should be taken seriously’

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The women who have accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct “should be taken seriously,” President Biden said in a new interview — but cautioned there should be an investigation before demands are made for his resignation.

Multiple women have accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment in recent weeks.
Multiple women have accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment in recent weeks.
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Biden’s sit-down with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos — who grilled him on whether Cuomo should resign amid the allegations — aired Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America.”

Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to the governor, accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to the governor, accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
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“A woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,” Biden said. “But there should be an investigation to determine whether what she says is true.”

Ana Liss was one of the women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.
Ana Liss was one of the women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.
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Seven women have now come forward claiming Cuomo touched them inappropriately or sexual harassed them. One former aide accused him of groping her under her shirt in the Governor’s Mansion.

Charlotte Bennett was the governor's second former aide to accuse him.
Charlotte Bennett was the governor’s second former aide to accuse him.
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“It takes a lot of courage for a woman to come forward,” the president said. “Some are not– anyway. It takes a lot of courage to come forward. So, the presumption is they should be taken seriously. And it should be investigated. And that’s what’s underway now.”

Cuomo accuser Karen Hinton says he was ‘aroused’ when he hugged her.
Cuomo accuser Karen Hinton says he was ‘aroused’ when he hugged her.
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In the same interview, most of which was teased Tuesday night, Biden refused to say whether Cuomo should resign immediately.

“If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?” Stephanopoulos asked.

Anna Ruch claims that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a wedding.
Anna Ruch claims that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a wedding.
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“Yes, I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted too,” the president says.

Biden also said Democratic leaders in New York, like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who have called on Cuomo to step down, should make a “judgement” on “whether he can be effective.”

Albany reporter Jessica Bakeman was the seventh woman to accuse Cuomo.
Albany reporter Jessica Bakeman was the seventh woman to accuse Cuomo.
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Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately and said he would cooperate with the ongoing investigation by New York Attorney General Tish James.



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