Vice President Joe Biden weighted in on the onslaught against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling on him to resign if investigations regarding allegations of sexual harassment are found to be true.
Speaking in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Biden said he believes the allegations made against Cuomo are true, but added the caveat that any decision regarding his tenure as governor should wait until the conclusion of an investigation into whether he committed sexual harassment.
“There should be an investigation to determine whether what she says is true,” Biden told Stephanopoulos during a wide-ranging interview in Darby, Pennsylvania. “That’s what’s going on now.”
“I know you said you want the investigation to continue,” Stephanopoulos told Biden, referring to a probe by New York’s attorney general into allegations Cuomo had harassed several women. “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”
“Yes,” the president replied.
Asked if he thought Cuomo would remain an effective governor, Biden hesitated, saying the political damage may be irreversible, but it political leaders in New York would ultimately decide that.
“Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, the majority of the congressional delegation don’t think he can be an effective governor right now,” Stephanopoulos asked. “Can he serve effectively?”
“Well, that’s a judgment for them to make,” the president said.
President Biden added that Cuomo may face criminal prosectution, depending on the findings from the investigation.
“There could be a criminal prosecution that is attached to it. I just don’t know. I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too,” Biden said.