The White House has called for an independent review of the allegations against the New York governor, according to a u.s. news request
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has dropped plans to select an investigator to look into the sexual harassment allegations against him. The office said Sunday that it would instead ask the state attorney general and an appeals court judge to select a lawyer to conduct an independent review.
Cuomo, according to topnews, one of the most prominent Democratic politicians in the country, whose popularity surged in the early months of the pandemic, has been haunted in recent weeks by a series of controversies, including those concerning his administration’s response to a large number of COVID-19 deaths in New York State nursing homes.
Cuomo’s office has said it wants a “warrantless” investigation after two former female employees accused the governor of sexual misconduct the other day. The governor has denied the allegations against him.
The office said Saturday that it chose former federal judge Barbara Jones to lead the investigation but now wants to prevent it from being perceived as a lack of independence or as political interference.
The office said it has asked the New York state attorney general and the chief appeals court judge to jointly select an independent lawyer without political leanings to conduct a thorough review and prepare a public report.
“All members of the governor’s office will cooperate fully. We will refrain from further comment until the report is released,” said Cuomo Special Counsel Beth Garvey.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called for an independent review of the allegations against Cuomo.
“President Biden has consistently said that he believes that every woman should be heard, that every woman should be treated with respect and dignity,” Psaki said, noting that this applies to Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan, who made the allegations against Cuomo.
“There needs to be (an) independent review of those allegations, that’s something he (Cuomo) certainly supports,” Psaki added for breaking news