Politics Psaki: Cuomo should face 'independent review' over sexual harassment allegations
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki called for an "independent review" into the allegations faced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday after the governor was accused of sexual harassment by two former aides.
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Psaki was asked by host Dana Bash whether the White House believes the allegations raised by Charlotte Bennett in a New York Times interview Saturday. Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo, 63, of making unwanted sexual advances to her last spring while she was employed as an executive assistant in New York's state government. She was later transferred to a job as a health policy adviser.
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"It appears he's earned himself a primary," said New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.Now, two months later, he’s embroiled in two major scandals and facing a daily onslaught of questions about deaths in nursing homes, accusations of sexual impropriety and growing speculation that his political career may be in jeopardy.
"President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect, and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity, so should Lindsey [Boylan]," Psaki said, referring to a the first former aide who has accused Cuomo of misconduct.
"There should be an independent review looking in to these allegations, and that's certainly something he supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible," Psaki continued.
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Psaki's comments come as the governor faces calls for an investigation into his actions as well as for his resignation from some Republicans such as Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who called Cuomo a "criminal sexual predator"Saturday.
Cuomo has denied the allegations from the two women, claiming in a statement Saturday to the Times that he "never made advances" towards Bennett, "nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate."
"The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported," the governor said Saturday.
"Ms. Bennett was a hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID," he continued, adding, "She has every right to speak out."
Few Democratic governors speak up on Cuomo sexual harassment allegations .
Democratic governors mainly remain silent on the sexual harassment allegations brought against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.CNBC reached out to the nearly two dozen Democratic governors in the U.S. to ask about the allegations made by two female former Cuomo aides and another woman.