House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were “credible.”
The California representative participated in a series of Democratic activities and called for a truly independent investigation of the misconduct raised by his two former staff against Cuomo.
Pelosi said in a statement: “Women who have made serious and credible accusations against Governor Cuomo should be heard and treated with dignity.”
“Independent investigations must have proper procedures and respect everyone involved.”
At the time of the statement, Cuomo, 63, agreed to let State Attorney General Letitia James appoint an external investigator to investigate the growing scandal.
His senior adviser, Beth Garvey, initially said on Saturday night that the government had asked former federal judge Barbara Jones to investigate.
However, this move quickly drew criticism from both parties, because Cuomo tried to decide his own investigation, and because Jones had previously worked with lawyer and important Cuomo adviser Steve Cohen.
Following strong opposition on Sunday morning, James, in accordance with state law, asked the Cuomo government to let her office appoint an independent investigator.
Before Cuomo made concessions, several New York lawmakers, including Representative Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens), emphasized the importance of a fair investigation.
AOC wrote: “The detailed accounts of the sexual harassment of Governor Cuomo (Guomo. Cuomo) by Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett are extremely serious and distressing,”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) led the allegation, leading to the resignation of former Senator Al Franken over allegations of sexual misconduct – and one of those who requested an independent investigation.
Gillibrand said in a statement: “These allegations are serious and deep.” “At the request of Attorney General James, the matter should be transferred to her office so that she can be transparent, independent and thorough through subpoenas. Investigation.”
Gillibrand In 2017, Gillibrand was the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Faced with increasing accusations from colleagues, her colleague Franken quickly issued a full condemnation .
“Enough,” she said at the time.
Additional reporting by Mark Moore