President Biden Calls on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to Resign

U.S. President Joe Biden is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign from office after an independent report that found credible allegations of harassment from 11 current and former state workers.

"Yes," Biden told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether Cuomo, a fellow Democrat and long-time Biden ally, should step down. "I'm sure some embraces were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided some weren't."

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that Cuomo, 63, was found to have created a hostile work environment for women in violation of state and federal law.

"This investigation has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government," James told reporters during a news conference on the 165-page report.

Cuomo, who is currently serving his third term in office and has been plotting a run for a fourth next year, has denied any wrongdoing and indicated he won't step down.

Biden said he had not spoken to Cuomo directly since the findings were announced and had not personally read James' 165-page report.

Biden told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in March that he believed Cuomo should resign if the investigation found that the governor acted inappropriately.

"I think he'll probably end up being prosecuted too," Biden added at the time.

After James' press conference on the probe's findings Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo released a pre-taped statement, pushing back on the allegations.

"I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances," he said.

Cuomo's video was peppered with photos of the governor affectionately touching people, as he explained that it's in his nature.

"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," Cuomo said alongside images of examples of each.

In a separate 85-page document, the governor included photos of Biden and other officials hugging people.

Biden joined a chorus of Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the New York Congressional delegation, in calling for Cuomo's resignation.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the allegations against Cuomo "abhorrent."

"I don't know that anyone could have watched this morning and not found the allegations to be abhorrent," she told reporters Tuesday. "I know I certainly did."

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Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo (L) and Joe Biden, before he was elected president, speak on stage at the HELP USA 30th Anniversary Event at The Plaza Hotel on March 16, 2017 in New York City. Monica Schipper/Getty Images