Biden and Pelosi Break Their Silence on Gov. Cuomo Scandal, Decline to Request His Resignation

Connor Grant | March 15, 2021
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On Sunday, President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) finally broke their silence on the allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), but both declined to call for his resignation.  

Despite years of staunch, unquestioned support for the “#metoo” movement, Biden and Pelosi have been silent on the issue, until now, as the embattled governor has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by seven women.  

While exiting Marine One after his trip to Delaware this weekend, reporters asked Biden whether or not he believes Cuomo should resign. 

“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us," the president responded.

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Pelosi shared a similar sentiment Sunday when asked about the issue, declining to call for Cuomo’s resignation as well. 

"I think we should see the results of the [investigation]…but he may decide," she responded. "And hopefully this result will be soon. What I'm saying is the governor should look inside his heart – he loves New York – to see if he can govern effectively. And that could be one of the considerations that he has."

As Biden and Pelosi continue to maintain distance, bi-partisan calls for the governor’s resignation continue to increase. Fifty-nine Democratic legislators in New York signed a letter on Thursday calling for Cuomo to step down. 

The Hill also noted that on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement calling on Cuomo to resign.

"We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct," the statement read. "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. Governor Cuomo should resign.”

No word from any of the politicians above on whether Cuomo's nursing home scandal should also be a reason for him to resign.

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