Andrew Cuomo Latest Updates: At Least 40 State Dem. Lawmakers Ready to Start Impeachment

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Protestors gathered Wednesday morning outside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to demand his resignation after state Attorney General Letitia James released a report that determined he sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Curtis Sliwa, a New York City mayoral candidate, led the protest. Sliwa issued a video statement Tuesday following the report's release, saying that Cuomo was "so quick to be judgmental" when other politicians were accused of sexual harassment.

"If this isn't a statement of why Cuomo must go, I don't know what is. There is a long litany of people he has said should have been forced to leave their positions or not be considered for electoral office," Sliwa said in the statement.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied the accusations of sexual harassment, but several politicians and public figures have called for Cuomo's resignation, including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and the nonpartisan watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

More than half of the New York state Assembly members also support starting impeachment proceedings against Cuomo if he does not reign.

The district attorneys of Manhattan, Nassau County, Westchester County and Albany County have all requested materials from James' report in order to launch their own investigations into Cuomo's misconduct allegations.

The live updates for this blog have ended.

Andrew Cuomo Protestors Demand Resignation
Protestors gathered outside the Manhattan office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to demand his resignation after the state attorney general's report released Tuesday said he sexually harassed women. Above, Cuomo and the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, Eric Adams, hold a joint news conference in Brooklyn, where the two leaders spoke on the rising rates of gun violence across the city on July 14, 2021, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Government watchdog group calls for Cuomo to resign

The nonpartisan government ethics and accountability watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has called for Governor Cuomo to resign.

"Andrew Cuomo's abuses of power are longstanding and serious. He needs to resign, now," the organization said in a tweet.

Just want to put it out there that no one -- and we literally mean no one -- is above the law or too powerful for accountability. For Andrew Cuomo, he has a long history of problematic conduct in office, and it's time he take responsibility for his actions by resigning ASAP.

— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 4, 2021

"Andrew Cuomo's tenure as governor has been marked by repeated ethical failures and abuses of power. He has abused his office multiple times for his own personal gain, from using campaign resources to boost his book sales to giving family members and close contacts preferential access to COVID testing. Now an investigation has shown that he created an environment of harassment and retaliation in which his staff was afraid to come forward about abusive conduct. Cuomo must resign," CREW said in a statement.

CREW filed a complaint with the New York State Board of Elections against Cuomo back in April, alleging he broke the law by using his campaign to help sell his book.

A majority of New York Assembly members favor impeaching Cuomo if he does not resign

More than half of the New York State Assembly members support starting impeachment proceedings against Governor Cuomo if he does not reign, according to a count from the Associated Press.

At least 82 out of the 150 members have either said publicly or to the AP that they favored initiating the process of ousting Cuomo if he dies not quit.

Of those members in favor of starting impeachment proceedings, at least 40 are Democrats.

A simple majority is required to authorize an impeachment trial.

If the Assembly votes to impeach Cuomo, the state Senate could launch an impeachment trial "in weeks," Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris told the AP.

Gianaris, a Democrat, said the chamber has been preparing for a potential impeachment trial for months.

"We'll be ready to go if and when the impeachment articles are sent over," he said. "It could happen very quickly."

Manhattan District Attorney request investigation materials from Letitia James' report

The Manhattan District Attorney's office is the latest New York DA office to launch an investigation into Governor Cuomo's sexual misconduct accusations.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance requested materials from New York State District Attorney Letitia James' report that concluded Cuomo "sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law."

"When our office learned yesterday that the Attorney General's investigation of the Governor's conduct was complete, our office contacted the Attorney General's Office to begin requesting investigative materials in their possession pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan," a spokesperson for Vance told NBC Wednesday.

In a letter to James' office, Nitin Savur, chief assistant Manhattan district attorney, said that "in order to properly investigate the potential sex crimes," it was necessary to speak with two of the victims listed in the report.

The district attorneys of Westchester, Nassau and Albany County have also submitted similar requests to James' office.

Cuomo's 2013 Tweet Calls for 'Zero Tolerance Policy' for Sexual Harassment

A resurfaced tweet Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted in 2013 shows that the governor asserted there should be no leeway in handling cases of sexual harassment.

"There should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment & must send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated," the tweet said.

However, the governor denied the conclusion of the state attorney general's report that he sexually harassed at least 11 women in the workplace with "unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments."

There should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment & must send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 17, 2013

Biden Won't Strip Cuomo of Leadership Role on COVID-19 Governor Calls Unless He Resigns: Psaki

President Joe Biden does not intend to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his leadership position on COVID-19 conference calls with other governors while he hasn't resigned from office, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a Wednesday briefing.

While Biden is among the many politicians who called for Cuomo to resign since the release of the state attorney general report, Psaki said that the administration's goal "is not to hurt the people of New York in the fight against COVID."

"If he is no longer the governor of New York, which is certainly what the president made clear of is his preference, then we will engage with other people. But we are not going to take steps to hurt the people of New York in the fight against COVID," Psaki said.

Jen Psaki Gives Press Briefing
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden doesn't intend to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his leadership position in the COVID-19 governor calls while he's still in office. Psaki answers questions during the daily briefing on August 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Thinks Cuomo Impeachment Coming 'Really Soon'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he believes impeachment for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is coming "really soon" in an interview with PIX11 News reporter Anthony DiLorenzo.

As Cuomo has repeatedly denied the findings of the state attorney general report, the mayor said that the governor is "not the kind of person to hear that he's done something wrong and he has to pay the consequences for it."

"He didn't even hint at an apology or a sense of contrition. He can't govern anymore. He's gotta resign," de Blasio said.

"Beyond the criminal question, the real question is he can't serve as governor anymore. The legislature has to act quickly and I think they want to settle this once and for all," he added

New York Workers' Union Federation Calls for Cuomo's Removal from Office

The New York State AFL-CIO federation of unions issued a statement Wednesday condemning Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the state attorney general's conclusion that he sexually harassed at least 11 women in the workplace.

"The first job of any elected official is keeping safe the people they serve; it is clear from the appalling findings of the Attorney General's report, Governor Cuomo failed to do that. We fought for and won the very worker protections that were violated; there must be accountability without exception. Governor Cuomo can no longer lead the state," said Mario Cilento, President NYS AFL-CIO.

County of State Trooper Transferred to Cuomo's Security Detail Requests Investigative Materials

In a letter addressed to Attorney General Letitia James, obtained by NBC News, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah requested that her office be sent any investigative materials to conduct their own investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's alleged sexual harassment of an unnamed state trooper from the county.

According to the attorney general's report, Cuomo had the trooper transferred to his security detail after meeting her briefly and proceeded to sexually harass her on multiple occasions.

In the letter, Rocah said that upon review of the report, it was "appropriate" for her office to investigate further to "determine if any of the reported conduct that is alleged to have occurred in Westchester County is criminal in nature."

Sliwa Calls for Chris Cuomo to Condemn Andrew Cuomo's Actions Publicly

Curtis Sliwa urged Chris Cuomo, brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and correspondent for CNN, to "stand up to his own brother" and condemn his actions" during a press conference Wednesday.

Sliwa said that he would give Chris a "thumbs up" if he did so in a public forum.

"Chris has been so synonymous in giving him solace, in giving him counsel," Sliwa said.

He called on Chris to affirm that his brother "should pay the price" and "there should be consequences for your actions for every man, every woman and especially those who serve the people in public office."

Sliwa Urges Chris Cuomo to Condemn Brother
NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa called on Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to condemn his brother in the wake of the sexual harassment report released Tuesday. Cuomo of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time attends the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

Cuomo's Response Example of 'Do as I Say, Not as I Do': Sliwa

Curtis Sliwa spoke during a press conference Wednesday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's history of urging those facing accusations like sexual harassment to resign and his own reluctance to do so.

"All of a sudden, he says 'no, don't give in to the cancel culture.' Wasn't he a leading person, constantly suggesting that people resign, whether they were Republicans or Democrats?" Sliwa said.

"He was an equal opportunity accuser, and now all of a sudden when the accusations are against him, when there is [documented] evidence provided to the attorney general, page after page of evidence, he continues to say that he is the victim and not all those that he abused. So again, it's a classic example of 'do as I say, but not as I do,'" he added

Curtis Sliwa Protest Enters Cuomo's Office
A protest led by NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Wednesday called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. After gathering outside Cuomo's Manhattan office, Sliwa and the protestors moved inside to pass along a letter for Cuomo. Curtis Sliwa's Campaign Office

Cuomo 'Should Apologize to Italian Americans': Sliwa

During a press conference held outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa demanded that Cuomo apologize to Italian Americans for his claims that it's common among their culture to touch others.

"He has sinned against Italian American people by suggesting that all of us hug, kiss, squeeze, perv, grope," Sliwa said.

"He, above all people, should apologize to Italian Americans for suggesting that that's part of our culture, part of our family upbringing and part of our DNA," he added.

Cuomo's attorney released a statement following the attorney general's report claiming that the way Cuomo interacts with people "is not gender-based" and "he has hugged or kissed male and female members of his staff." The statement also included pages of pictures showing other politicians hugging or kissing colleagues.

"The Governor's conduct in this regard is unremarkable: Democratic and Republican politicians, male and female alike, use handshakes, hugs, and kisses to connect with others," the statement said.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics President Says Cuomo 'Abused His Office' for 'Personal Gain'

Noah Bookbinder, the president for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in a statement that Andrew Cuomo's time as governor "has been marked by repeated ethical failures and abuses of power" and called on him to resign.

"He has abused his office multiple times for his own personal gain, from using campaign resources to boost his book sales to giving family members and close contacts preferential access to COVID testing. Now an investigation has shown that he created an environment of harassment and retaliation in which his staff was afraid to come forward about abusive conduct," the statement said.

Marist Poll Shows 59 Percent of New Yorkers Think Cuomo Should Resign

As protestors gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to demand his resignation, a Marist Poll published Wednesday morning found that 59% of New Yorkers believe the governor should resign.

This includes 52% of Democrats in the city who believe the governor should rescind his position.

If Cuomo does not decide to resign, and he didn't indicate he will do so, 59% of New Yorkers think he should be impeached from office. Of the total respondents, 32% believe Cuomo should finish his term through the 2022 gubernatorial election.

"The court of public opinion believes the allegations against Governor Cuomo warrant his removal from office, Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist poll, said in the published findings. "If he does not resign, nearly six in [10] New Yorkers believe he should be impeached. Even if he survives this scandal, his reelection prospects are rock bottom with even his Democratic base deserting him."

Protestors Move Inside Cuomo's Manhattan Office

An update posted on Curtis Sliwa's mayoral campaign Twitter account showed that the group of protestors moved into the lobby of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office.

Since Attorney General Letitia James released the conclusive report on Cuomo's history of sexual harassment, Sliwa has issued several demands for his resignation. The protest led by him today is meant to serve as a wider public call for the governor to rescind his position.

We are now inside! pic.twitter.com/G0jIMcSLlo

— Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) August 4, 2021

Protestors Arrive Outside Cuomo's Office

Protestors began demonstrating outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office on Wednesday morning.

Led by NYC mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, some carried signs bearing phrases such as "Cuomo is not above the law" and "zero tolerance Cuomo."

Sliwa himself was seen in a picture posted on his campaign Twitter account with a sign for his mayoral bid. It was not immediately clear from the picture how many protestors had gathered.

I’m outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office right now demanding that he RESIGN immediately! pic.twitter.com/foiXYT4gxf

— Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) August 4, 2021