Chris Cuomo Resign Calls Grow Over Role Advising Brother on Harassment Allegations

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is facing calls to resign after an investigation revealed that he advised his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after he was accused of sexually harassing 11 current and former employees of the state.

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that an investigation had found that Andrew Cuomo violated several federal and state laws and created a hostile work environment by sexually harassing several employees.

"The independent investigation found Governor Andrew Cuomo harassed multiple women," James said at a press conference on Tuesday, before adding that the investigation "has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shines light on injustice that can be present at the highest levels of government."

Chris Cuomo was also named in the report as the investigation revealed that he helped draft a response to the initial allegations of sexual harassment against his brother in February.

The investigation followed a report by The Washington Post earlier in the year that claimed the TV host joined a conference call with his brother and aides to urge him to not step down amid the allegations.

In a statement shared with Newsweek in May, CNN confirmed that while Chris Cuomo has not covered the allegations his brother is facing, he has participated in strategy calls with the governor's staff about how to respond to the claims of sexual misconduct.

The CNN anchor avoided covering the scandal during his show, Cuomo Prime Time, on Tuesday night, as he instead focused his attention on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the record-breaking COVID figures currently being reported in the state.

Chris Cuomo has previously said he "obviously" was not able to cover the allegations. This is in contrast to his coverage of the COVID pandemic in 2020 when he invited his brother on his show several times to discuss New York's handling of the response.

Following the release of the report on Tuesday and Chris Cuomo not covering the allegations against himself and his brother during his show, several people called for him to resign or be fired by CNN.

ACT for America founder and chairman Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: "When is CNN going to fire Chris Cuomo?" Daily Caller reporter Jordan Lancaster said "Chris Cuomo's CNN show is now over. He did not mention the AG report that found his brother had sexually harassed multiple women," in a post retweeted by Gabriel.

When is CNN going to fire Chris Cuomo?

— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 3, 2021

Investigative reporter at The Intercept Ken Klippenstein echoed those comments by tweeting: "How does CNN still employ Chris Cuomo," in response to a portion of the report that revealed the anchor helped his brother with his response to the allegations.

How does CNN still employ Chris Cuomo https://t.co/Ga2W8M2yP6

— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 3, 2021

While Jack Posobiec, senior editor at conservative outlet Human Events, claimed that Chris Cuomo "compromised the entire network in conflict-of-interest," and included "#FireFredo" in his tweet about the report.

Chris Cuomo’s CNN show is now over. He did not mention the AG report that found his brother had sexually harassed multiple women.

— Jordan Lancaster (@jordylancaster) August 4, 2021

After James revealed the findings of the investigation on Tuesday, Andrew Cuomo released a pre-taped video denying the claims, saying: "I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances."

As he was speaking, photos of him affectionately touching people were shown while he said: "I do it with everyone—black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street."

However, several prominent Democrats, including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the New York Congressional delegation, have called for the governor's resignation.

"Yes," Biden told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether Andrew Cuomo should step down. "I'm sure some embraces were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided some weren't."

While White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki added: "I don't know that anyone could have watched this morning and not found the allegations to be abhorrent. I know I certainly did."

Newsweek has contacted Chris Cuomo's office and CNN for comment.

Chris Cuomo facing calls to resign
Chris Cuomo of CNN’s "Cuomo Prime Time" speaks onstage during the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is facing calls to resign after an investigation revealed that he advised his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after he was accused of sexually harassing current and former employees of the state. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia