New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded not guilty to sexual harassment charges and has vowed not to resign.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, This Friday he again denied the allegations of sexual harassment against him and asked to “separate the facts from the comments”. During a telephone press conference.
“I did not do anything that I was supposed to do. I have never persecuted anyone, I have never attacked or abused anyone. ” Cuomo insisted.
“The last is not true,” the governor said Allegation of “kidnapping” on behalf of a woman on Thursday. “Women have the right to express themselves and to be heard. But the question of truth remains. I do not want to speculate on motives, but I have met this many times as a former Attorney General. I can tell you that there are many reasons for this kind of accusation. ”
“That’s why we need to know the facts before making a comment. People know the difference between politics and the culture of abolition and reality. “, He revealed.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m not going to resign, I’m not elected by politicians, I’m elected by the people. “, He concluded, In view of the growing number of lawmakers from his own Democratic Party who are calling for his resignation, And they have presented the case to the New York Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, which is a way of indictment.
This is not the first time Cuomo has asserted his innocence.
On Wednesday, March 3, the governor, who had been in office for 10 years, publicly apologized for making women feel “embarrassed”, saying he had harassed them, but denied that he had touched any of them in an “inappropriate” way, and that he was not going to resign. “I understand that I acted in a way that caused a lot of mischief to the people. It was not intentional and obvious. I apologize deeply for that. I feel very bad about it,” he told a news conference.
He reiterated that he would not resign his post next Sunday, Despite the resignation of the head of state senate (belonging to his own party), asked the state attorney general to allow him to work.
So far six women have made sexual allegations against Cuomo. The last of them – and the most serious – further eroded the presidency. Shortly before his press conference, A group of Democrats representing New York, including Alexandria Ocazio-Cortes and the experienced Jerry Nadler, grew up in voices calling for his resignation..
Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez, also known as the AOC, which represents the Queens and Bronx neighborhoods, said in a joint statement with another New York colleague, Jamal Bowman, that the complaint was “about the immediate safety and well-being of the governor’s staff.” .
“We trust these women, we trust the news, we trust the lawyer and 55 New York legislators who concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of all these challenges”, They revealed in their statement.
Nadler, for his part, said Cuomo had lost the confidence of the New Yorkers. “The constant allegations against the governor and the way he has responded make it impossible for him to continue to rule,” he said.
On the contrary, Kumo harshly criticized those who spoke in these ways as “irresponsible and dangerous.” “New Yorkers should not trust a politician who takes a stand without knowing the facts.”, He concluded.