Outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is blasting a report that found he sexually harassed several women, claiming it was designed to spark a political firestorm.
During his farewell address on Monday, Cuomo said, “The attorney general’s report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic.”
“And it worked. There was a political and media stampede. But the truth will [come] out in time. Of that, I am confident,” he continued.
Cuomo said that his instinct was to “fight this because it unfair and unjust.”
“But you also know that I love New York, and I serve you. That is the oath I that took. And in this moment, I believe the right thing is that my service come first. Prolonging this situation could only cause governmental paralysis, and that is just not an option for you and not an option for the state, especially now,” he added.
Finally, Cuomo said, “When government politicizes allegations, and the headlines condemn without facts, you undermine the justice system. And that doesn’t serve women, and it doesn’t serve men or society.”
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His remarks come after New York State Attorney General Letitia James (D) released a report that found the governor “sexually harassed a number of State employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching, as well as by making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments.”
Cuomo has not been charged with a crime and denies that he “touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
Still, facing bipartisan calls for his resignation and the threat of impeachment, Cuomo announced he would step down, as IJR reported.
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