Disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned he wanted female staffers to defend him towards sexual harassments allegations — claiming that’s what President Biden acquired when dealing with accusations of his personal throughout the 2020 election.
Cuomo referenced the president throughout an 11-hour grilling by investigators in regards to the claims of groping and different inappropriate conduct that finally pressured him out of workplace, in accordance to a transcript of the interview launched Wednesday.
“I thought if we were going to do a response, a response from female staff would have been the best vehicle a la Joe Biden,” Cuomo mentioned.
The investigators employed by state Attorney General Letitia James to conduct the probe had requested Cuomo in regards to the draft of a letter he and his aides crafted attacking accuser Lindsey Boylan’s credibility.
Cuomo mentioned he had instructed “just women” signal on to the proposed open letter or op-ed piece, when questioned a few model of it that included the names of former communications director Dani Lever and ex-director of state operations Cathy Calhoun, in addition to of lawyer Alphonso David.
“I thought that’s what — I’m pretty sure that’s what the Biden campaign did, but — and that’s what I was thinking of,” Cuomo advised investigators.
“My suggestion was just have female staffers respond. That’s — was my main point.”
During the 2020 race, Biden was accused by a lot of ladies of undesirable touching, and likewise confronted an allegation of sexual assault by former aide Tara Reade from when she labored in his Senate workplace within the early Nineteen Nineties. He has denied her allegation.
Several ladies who had labored for or with the then-Democratic presidential nominee put out statements in his protection on the time. At least 74 former staffers, together with 62 ladies, told PBS NewsHour in May 2020 they by no means skilled sexual harassment, assault or misconduct by Biden.
Cuomo was additionally grilled about how his underlings tried to discredit Boylan, the primary accuser to publicly come ahead, after she tweeted in December 2020 that the governor “sexually harassed” her over her appears.
His prime adviser Melissa DeRosa and his spokesman Rich Azzopardi allegedly directed administration allies to coordinate distributing confidential private recordsdata detailing office complaints towards Boylan.
But Cuomo advised the investigators he didn’t keep in mind being a part of any dialog about releasing the data.
“There was a general conversation on what is the right response to the entire situation,” he mentioned.
“Different ideas — you know, we just all lived through the Biden campaign. I thought something that the Biden campaign did, which was intelligent was, rather than Biden saying, ‘I think this,’ former staff people for Biden said, ‘I think this’ — female staff people,” Cuomo defined. “I thought that was more credible than Biden just saying.”
The Cuomo administration ended up placing out a brief formal assertion denying the allegations.
“We talked about a number of alternatives. But they were all debated to death, and then we literally wound up doing nothing. And I had, like, a two-line statement,” Cuomo advised the investigators.