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President Biden is preparing to give public remarks on a devastating report that found Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
Psaki said that she personally found claims against the New York governor — a longtime close Biden ally — to be “abhorrent,” but that Biden will offer his own views around 4 p.m. at a previously scheduled speech on COVID-19.
“The president just said that he’s going to speak to this later this afternoon and share his views, so I’m not going to get ahead of his comments,” Psaki said at her daily press briefing.
Biden said in March that Cuomo should step down if the probe commissioned by James concluded that the governor was guilty.
ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked Biden at the time, “If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?”
“Yes, I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted too,” Biden responded.
But Biden wouldn’t call on Cuomo to quit despite calls for his resignation by nearly all of New York’s congressional delegation
Biden separately told a White House reporter in March, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
Psaki, meanwhile, said that Biden supports the women who accused Cuomo of misconduct.
“The president’s message, the vice president’s message, my message is all women who have who have lived through sexual — this type of experience, whether it is harassment or abuse or in the worst case assault, deserve to have their voices heard, deserve to be treated with respect and with dignity,” she said.
Psaki added: “I don’t know that anyone could have watched this morning and not found the allegations to be abhorrent. I know I certainly did. And again, the president will speak to this later this afternoon.”
Vice President Kamala Harris’ office has not responded to The Post’s request for comment.
Biden and Harris previously withheld judgment pending the investigation by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, a fellow Democrat.
Cuomo angrily pleaded his innocence on Tuesday afternoon after James released the probe’s findings, which substantiated his accusers’ accounts.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he claimed.
But Cuomo discordantly admitted that he often touches people on the face while kissing them on the cheek, responding to a photo of him doing so to a woman at a wedding.
“I do it with everyone — black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street,” Cuomo said.
Members of New York’s congressional delegation soon after demanded that Cuomo step down on Tuesday after James released her office’s findings.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint statement with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) that Cuomo must resign.
“Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so,” Schumer and Gillibrand said.
“No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign.”
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