Schumer backs state AG probe, won't say if Cuomo should resign


Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo are pictured during a press conference in New York on June 2, 2014. | Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo

NEW YORK – Senator Chuck Schumer expressed confidence in Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday but did not want to say whether the governor should step down.

The attorney general has opened an investigation into several allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo, who is also embroiled in a scandal over his government’s efforts to hide the full death toll from Covid-19 among nursing home residents.

The governor faced growing demands for his resignation as two more women made allegations of inappropriate behavior over the weekend.

“Every woman’s allegations must be taken seriously. They are deeply troubling, ”said Schumer (D-N.Y.). “You are being investigated in the very capable hands of the Attorney General … I have great confidence in her. I believe she will turn every stone and I believe that she will make sure there is no outside interference, either politically otherwise. “

When asked directly from POLITICO whether Cuomo should resign, Schumer would not say. “I have full confidence in the Attorney General’s investigation,” he repeated.

The Attorney General’s Office has ordered Cuomo not to delete any relevant documents or materials as they prepare to gather evidence for the investigation.

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