•   
  •   
  •   

US New details emerge about how Chris Cuomo advised Gov. Andrew Cuomo in harassment inquiry

12:21  04 august  2021
12:21  04 august  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

Cuomo trashed Trump for years, but critics, including Democrats, say they’re cut from the same cloth

  Cuomo trashed Trump for years, but critics, including Democrats, say they’re cut from the same cloth What has long been the resume of Donald Trump is now the curriculum vitae of Andrew Cuomo. Pot, meet kettle. Shoe, say hello to the other foot. When Cuomo was riding high on the waves of pandemic popularity, such comparisons seemed almost anathema. © Associated Press New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump. (Associated Press/)But since the governor has been called on the carpet as an alleged serial sexual harasser, pointing out the similarities between Cuomo and the former president of the United States is almost second nature.

State prosecutors shed new light Tuesday on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's involvement in managing the response to the sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

a man standing in front of Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo posing for a photo © Provided by NBC News

Chris Cuomo was in the governor's inner circle as they developed talking points and strategies in late February as accusations threatened the three-term governor, according to emails and text messages made public by investigators for New York Attorney General Letitia James.

In May, Chris Cuomo admitted having had "inappropriate" strategy talks with his brother and vowed to steer clear of the network's coverage of the governor. Tuesday's report from the attorney general hinted at the depth of the strategy consultations.

Key moments in Gov. Cuomo’s fall from grace

  Key moments in Gov. Cuomo’s fall from grace Here’s a timeline of key events leading up to the end of the Cuomo’s reign in Albany.Gov. Cuomo’s resignation Tuesday was an abrupt about-face from the disgraced pol, whose lawyers had fiercely challenged the credibility of a state attorney general report that found he’d sexually harassed 11 women.

According to the report:

  • In a Feb. 27 chain of messages to other Cuomo allies, political consultant Lis Smith wrote, "I don't love that part but Chris/Andrew wanted in" and "Chris wants to make sure we have enough contrition in here." Smith did not definitively identify "Chris" as being Chris Cuomo, but the messages align with other suggestions he is reported to have made about messaging.
  • Chris Cuomo was copied into a series of Feb. 27 emails from Gov. Cuomo's communications director, Peter Ajemian, and his chief of staff, Josh Vlasto, to other top aides mapping how they should delicately handle allegations by Charlotte Bennett. They seemed to agree that the best strategy would be to praise Bennett as a "hardworking and valued member of our team" while denying her allegations.
  • It also appeared that Chris Cuomo played a role in writing the overall response Gov. Cuomo issued on Feb. 28 as the sexual harassment allegations reached an apex.

In an email at 3:20 p.m. ET on Feb. 28, Vlasto replied to an email from Chris Cuomo that included language that would largely make up a statement issued later by the governor.

What to Know About Cuomo’s Potential Successor, Kathy Hochul

  What to Know About Cuomo’s Potential Successor, Kathy Hochul The upstate Democratic road warrior has built deep relationships with lawmakers statewide and could be New York’s first female leader.Should Cuomo ultimately step down or be forced out before his third term ends next year, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would take over and become the first female governor in the history of the state. Below is an overview of Hochul, 62, her long career in politics, the job she’s done as lieutenant governor, and how she has responded to the allegations against Cuomo.

"Questions have been raised about some of my personal interactions with people in my office," the statement attributed to Chris Cuomo's email said. "I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends. I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm."

The email continued that "sometimes I am playful and make jokes," adding: "You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. My only desire is to add some levity and banter to what is very serious business."

Later that day, Andrew Cuomo posted a statement addressing the allegations on the governor's official website.


Video: 2 more women accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior (TODAY)

The statement, time-stamped 5:45 p.m. ET, mirrored, nearly word for word, the email attributed to Chris Cuomo.

The governor's statement, which was picked up by several news outlets within minutes, said: "Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office. I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.

Chris Cuomo advised his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, report says

  Chris Cuomo advised his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, report says The CNN anchor had been advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to sexual-harassment allegations since earlier this year.Gov. Cuomo announced his plan to step down in 14 days' time on Tuesday. It came a week after the New York Attorney General released a report that found that he sexually harassed 11 women, including members of his staff, while he was governor.

"At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private," the statement continued. "You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business."

Representatives for Chris Cuomo could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

A CNN spokeswoman declined to comment on James' report Tuesday and repeated earlier network statements saying Chris Cuomo did not affect coverage of his brother.

Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said she has some sympathy for Chris Cuomo and his desire to help his brother.

"As hard as it is to see your brother mired in controversy, your obligation as a journalist is to the public you serve," she said. "If it's true that Chris Cuomo drafted the statement later put out by the governor's office or he encouraged an approach that emphasized contrition, his involvement was deeper than what he disclosed to viewers in May. That moves far beyond being 'looped in to phone calls' with staff members. It's playing an active role in shaping the narrative of the controversy."

Cuomo falls

  Cuomo falls When his henchmen deserted, the governor was gone.The New York governor waved the white flag and agreed to resign on Aug. 10, once he realized that the same political allies and media and pop-culture cheerleaders who had been so key to his survival up until that point had abandoned him. That support structure crumbled after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a devastating report detailing 11 separate acts of sexual harassment.

And even if Chris Cuomo did not pressure anyone at his network to change coverage of his brother, the appearance of a conflict of interest can be damaging, Culver said.

"These sorts of cases have the power to directly affect the public's trust in all news outlets, not just Chris Cuomo and CNN," Culver said. "Once that bond is damaged or broken, it's hard to rebuild."

In May, Chris Cuomo apologized for "inappropriate" conversations he had with his brother's staff during the harassment inquiry.

The Washington Post had reported at the time that Chris Cuomo participated in strategy phone calls with senior staff members for his brother and encouraged his brother to take a "defiant position" against growing calls for his resignation. Two people present on a call told the newspaper that Chris Cuomo brought up "cancel culture" as he encouraged his brother to stand his ground.

Chris Cuomo addressed the issue on his show at the time and apologized to colleagues, adding that he has not covered the allegations and has been "walled off" from CNN's coverage.

"When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped in to calls with other friends of his and advisers that did include some of his staff — I understand why that was a problem for CNN," he said.

"It will not happen again. It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot," he said. "I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that."

Harassment report shows CNN's Cuomo played ongoing role in advising brother following allegations .
The bombshell New York state attorney general report into the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) revealed new details on the level of involvement his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, played in providing advice on how to respond to the accusations. The report in part showed that according to email communications obtained by state Attorney General Letitia James' (D) office, Chris Cuomo sent an email in which he proposed lines that were eventually included in a late February statement issued by Andrew Cuomo in response to the allegations.

usr: 1
This is interesting!