The White House and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday strongly backed an independent investigation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has actually been accused of sexually bothering two state workers.
Pelosi, D-Calif., called the accusations versus Cuomo by Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan “major and trustworthy.”
President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, stated the claims by Bennett in a New York Times interview published Saturday that Cuomo had asked concerns about her sex life “was incredibly unpleasant to check out as a woman.”
Bennett informed the Times that last June the guv specifically asked her when was the last time he “actually hugged someone?”
” I comprehended that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt terribly uncomfortable and terrified,” Bennett said. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was completion of my job.”
Bennett’s claim came on the heels of allegations by Boylan, 36, who said the governor kissed her without her consent and jokingly suggested a game of “strip poker” on a main flight. Cuomo rejects the claims by Boylan, who had actually been a special advisor to him for financial advancement.
” We certainly believe that every woman coming forward, Charlotte, Lindsey, need to be treated with regard and self-respect and be able to tell their story,” Psaki stated throughout a White Home press conference.
” And we will leave that procedure to the attorney general to make a determination on the path forward,” Psaki said.
Pelosi, in a declaration said, “The females who have actually come forward with serious and trustworthy charges versus Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with self-respect.”
” The independent investigation should have due procedure and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi stated.
Meanwhile, leading Cuomo monetary backers are pausing and reviewing their support of him as the probe picked up steam, individuals straight involved in fundraising informed CNBC on Monday.
The statements supporting that probe came a day after Cuomo’s ham-fisted effort to hand-pick individuals who would be investigating those claims was slapped back by Letitia James, chief law officer of New York.
James, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, has stated she will manage that probe after the governor’s office asked her to select a personal lawyer to review the claims.
” This is not an obligation we take lightly,” James stated Sunday. “We will employ a law office, deputize them as attorneys of our office, and oversee a strenuous and independent investigation.”
The guv’s office initially stated a previous federal judge, Barbara Jones, who had dealt with the guv’s leading advisor Steven Cohen, would lead the examination of him.
After a reaction to that statement, Cuomo’s office stated he would ask James, who is the state’s leading police officer and Janet DiFiore, primary judge on New York’s highest court, to manage the probe.
James rebuffed that concept, requiring her workplace to sole authority over the examination, and demanding subpoena power.
The attorney general of the United States rapidly got her wish when Cuomo’s office caved.
Bennett told the Times that Cuomo asked her concerns that consisted of whether she was monogamous when in a relationship, and if she had actually ever “been with an older man.”
Cuomo is 63 years old. Bennett, 25, had informed Cuomo at one point that she played soccer in intermediate school against among the governor’s children, the Times reported.
The guv said Saturday that he never made sexual advances towards Bennett, “nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.”
“I now comprehend that my interactions might have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my remarks, given my position, made others feel in methods I never meant,” Cuomo stated.
“I acknowledge a few of the important things I have stated have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the level anyone felt that way, I am genuinely sorry about that.”