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World Andrew Cuomo allegations ‘abhorrent and heartbreaking,’ require independent probe, NY state Democrat says

21:13  25 february  2021
21:13  25 february  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Two more women accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment

  Two more women accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment Cuomo is facing calls for his resignation amid a growing list of sexual harassment allegations.According to Ana Liss, a former policy and operations aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, the governor repeatedly inquired about her personal life, touched her, and on one occasion even kissed her hand. Liss’s allegations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, backed by recollections from multiple anonymous former staffers.

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Cuomo allegations ‘abhorrent and heartbreaking,’ require independent probe, New York state Democrat says

A Democrat serving in the New York state Assembly joined the chorus of criticism against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, calling for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against the governor.

Assemblywoman Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, a Democrat from the Queens borough of New York City, called the allegations "abhorrent and heartbreaking."

"We must hold even the highest officials of our state accountable if we expect to restore the public’s trust," Gonzalez-Rojas wrote on social media. She also called for new legislation to discourage harassment.

Of Course Andrew Cuomo Isn’t Going to Resign

  Of Course Andrew Cuomo Isn’t Going to Resign But his dream of a fourth term is slipping away.Thousands more people in New York nursing homes died of COVID-19 last spring than was made public at the time, and over the past two weeks, Cuomo’s administration has slowly admitted to hiding the numbers. Two former aides have also stepped forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment, in addition to a third woman who has said he touched her back inappropriately and attempted to give her a kiss that she did not want.

Earlier in the week, a former Cuomo aide, Lindsey Boylan, accused the Democrat of orchestrating  a "pervasive" culture of "sexual harassment and bullying." She posted on Medium that Cuomo once suggested that they play "strip poker" during a flight in October 2017 and said he once kissed her on the lips.

Cuomo’s office has denied the allegations as "simply false." CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:

- Cuomo, facing sexual harassment allegations, once called for Brett Kavanaugh to take lie detector test

- ABC, CBS, NBC avoid explosive sexual harassment claims against Andrew Cuomo on evening news broadcasts

- CNN goes hours without covering new sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo

- Cuomo aide denies Lindsey Boylan claim governor asked her to play 'strip poker' during 2017 flight

Portrait of a Leader Humblebragging

  Portrait of a Leader Humblebragging In October, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a book-length ode to his leadership style. It has not aged well.The book now looks even more ill-conceived. Since last week, three women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances. Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo staffer, alleged that he had “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected”—and that the governor kissed her against her will while the two were alone in his office.

John Kerry’s meetings with Iran blasted as ‘appalling,’ ‘reckless,’ ‘irresponsible’

A report alleging possible collusion between Biden administration climate czar John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister drew sharp criticism Wednesday from retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane during an interview with Fox News.

Keane, now the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, had meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during the Trump administration that were intended to help undermine the Trump presidency, a Washington Times report claimed. Kerry had served as U.S. secretary of state under former President Barack Obama from 2013  to 2017, succeeding Hillary Clinton in the position.

"In terms of what Secretary Kerry was doing and other members of the Biden administration, in my judgment is appalling and it’s reckless and significantly irresponsible," Keane said in the interview.

Karen Hinton, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Corroborates Lindsey Boylan's Account of Governor's Bullying

  Karen Hinton, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Corroborates Lindsey Boylan's Account of Governor's Bullying "Day to day, he made me feel as if I were no good at my job and thus totally dependent on him to keep it. In Cuomo's world—and he would never admit this even to himself—working for him is like a 1950′s version of marriage," Hinton wrote in an op-ed.In an op-ed published in the New York Daily News, Hinton described Cuomo as a "bully" who exercised "total control," and made disparaging comments toward her.

"What we’re not used to is previous government officials actually colluding and talking to our enemies, and I emphasize enemy because that is who Iran really is. In the past 40 years, there is no nation-state that has killed more Americans than Iran," the retired general said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:

- John Kerry 'colluded' with Iran to undermine Trump, report says

- Iranian refugee slams John Kerry's 'anti-American' backdoor meetings with Iran during Trump admin

- Iranian dissidents urge Biden to keep pressure on Tehran, say regime at 'weakest point in history'

- House Homeland Security Republicans urge Biden to reconsider lifting sanctions on Iran, warn of a 'historic mistake'

Trump, at CPAC, expected to hammer Biden on immigration, China

Former President Donald Trump will hammer President Biden on everything from immigration to China when he addresses CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) on Sunday, sources familiar with the speech told Fox News.

Trump is expected to fall just short of announcing a 2024 presidential bid. The sources said he will go between "warming up to the idea of a 2024 run, and walking right up to the line of announcing another campaign" -- though he is not expected to make an actual announcement.

Cuomo Agrees to More Independent Investigation Into Harassment Allegations After Calls Mount

  Cuomo Agrees to More Independent Investigation Into Harassment Allegations After Calls Mount "The governor's office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach," Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to the governor, said in a statement Sunday. News: Cuomo administration asks AG James and Court of Appeals chief judge to select investigator of harassment allegations pic.twitter.

The former president will be the headline speaker at the event in Orlando, Fla., which kicks off Thursday. Trump will speak on the final day of the conference, topping a slew of conservatives and Republicans from across the country.

It will be Trump’s first public appearance since leaving office and comes as Biden has taken a number of actions to undo his predecessor's policies. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:

- Rush Limbaugh to be honored at CPAC, inducted into Conservative Hall of Fame

- CPAC readies for Florida gathering amid COVID-19, as conservatives ready for Trump bonanza

- McCarthy, Cheney have uncomfortable exchange with reporters over Trump speaking at CPAC

- Newt Gingrich: Trump should focus on 2022 elections, not 2024, in CPAC address

- JOIN CPAC FROM HOME: How to watch streaming coverage, exclusive content on Fox Nation

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AOC Says Andrew Cuomo Impeachment Shouldn't Be Ruled Out

  AOC Says Andrew Cuomo Impeachment Shouldn't Be Ruled Out New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has faced allegations of sexual assault, bullying, and hiding the true number of COVID-related deaths in state care homes. Over the weekend, a second former aide of Cuomo's came forward with accusations that he sexually harassed her.Charlotte Bennett, a health policy adviser to Cuomo until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last year. Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, has also accused the governor of sexual harassment.On his talk show, Hasan asked Ocasio-Cortez at what point does Cuomo's behaviour become "untenable.

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Tucker Carlson argued Wednesday night that Democrats plan to welcome more illegal aliens into the U.S. as part of a broader goal of expanding their voter base.

"A month before last year's presidential election," Carlson said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," "Joe Biden promised: ‘Within 100 days, I'm going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people, and all of those so-called Dreamers, those DACA kids, they're going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship.

"Joe Biden is in the White House now. His party controls everything," Carlson continued, "so he can make good on that promise and he plans to do so. In fact, it's one of the very first things he's doing. How's it going to affect you?"

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Democratic State Senators Say the Time is Right to Revoke Andrew Cuomo's Emergency Powers .
Fourteen Democrats in the New York State Senate have called for Governor Cuomo's expanded emergency powers to be revoked. In the photo above, Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 8, 2020 in New York City. Republicans in the state legislature have been asking for Cuomo's expanded emergency powers to be revoked for months, but their calls to do so recently received support from a handful of Democratic lawmakers.

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