Andrew Cuomo's Last Chance Is Exculpatory Investigation After Joe Biden Throws Lifeline

Andrew Cuomo has been offered something of a political lifeline by President Joe Biden after the commander-in-chief said inquiries into the New York Governor's behavior need to be completed when asked whether he should resign.

Cuomo has faced pressure to walk from his post amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior made by several women.

A number of high profile Democratic lawmakers have urged Cuomo to quit.

However, Biden did not join these calls when asked on Sunday if the New York governor should resign.

"I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us," when asked whether Cuomo should walk.

Cuomo is being investigated by New York's attorney general and the state assembly's judiciary committee over the allegations against him.

He has insisted he will not resign and hit out at calls to do so ahead of results from the probes.

Biden's comments chime with this stance from Cuomo, providing him with some cover in sticking to this line of argument for now.

However, they point to the likelihood of Cuomo's position being untenable should the probes produce damning results against him.

Newsweek has contacted Cuomo's office and the White House for further comment.

Cuomo has apologized for behavior which he conceded might have made people feel uncomfortable, though he has rejected allegations of having touched anyone inappropriately.

In a press conference on Friday he said that "there are often many motivations for making an allegation, and that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision."

"There are now reviews on the way. No one wants them to happen more quickly and more thoroughly than I do," he said.

Cuomo also categorically denied allegations and said: "As I have said before, and I firmly believe that my administration has always represented, women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully. But I also want to be clear: there is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged. Period."

In a statement in February, said he "never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable."

Regarding lawmakers urging him to resign, Cuomo said on Friday: "Politicians who don't know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are in my opinion reckless and dangerous. The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who take a position without knowing any facts or substance."

He suggested earlier this month that resigning would be "anti-democratic."

While Cuomo resists the push to resign, he also faces the prospect of impeachment. Only one governor has been impeached in New York's history, William Sulzer in 1913.

As Cuomo sticks with his stance that probes must be completed, a 2018 statement from his office in regard to accusations made against former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has raised questions over his stance.

The New Yorker magazine published an article in May 2018 outlining four women's claims of sexual abuse against Schneiderman. Cuomo's office at the time issued a statement urging Schneiderman to resign.

Schneiderman left his post within hours of the story being published.

As well as the allegations from several women against Cuomo, he is also facing questions over COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes in the state with suggestions these were underreported. This has also sparked renewed scrutiny over a policy regarding COVID-positive hospital patients returning to nursing homes.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets people after speaking at a vaccination site on March 8, 2021. He has rejected calls to resign following accusations made against him. Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images