Countless high-profile Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), have called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign amid a staggering number of women leveling accusations of sexual harassment against him.
However, the one Democrat who could actually have enough political weight to convince the embattled governor to resign, President Joe Biden, took the easy road when asked recently whether or not Cuomo should depart the office, suggesting that he’s more interested in letting the investigations play out, according to the Washington Examiner.
Last week, just as the president was taking a step off of Marine One and make his way into the White House, a reporter managed to shout out a question about the ongoing Cuomo controversy, asking the 46th president if he felt Cuomo should resign.
“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” Biden said, which was rare form given that the 46th president typically doesn’t take many unscripted questions from members of the press.
The reporters curious about Biden’s stance on the matter weren’t satisfied, apparently, as the same question was brought up later that day. Biden’s White House chief of staff Ron Klein provided a slightly more detailed version of the president’s take.
“What the president said is that there’s a process. These charges are very serious charges. They ought to be investigated, and that process ought to run its course, and, you know, I think it’s up to the people of New York about Gov. Cuomo’s continuing ability to govern there,” Klein said.
Klein’s answer came on the heels of White House press secretary Jen Psaki mostly dodging the question during recent press briefings.
As of last weekend, a total of seven women — six of whom previously worked for Cuomo — have leveled serious sexual harassment allegations against him, with one of the accusers alleging that she was sexually assaulted by the New York governor.
Between the sexual harassment scandal and the nursing home death scandal that still remains a top issue for many of his critics, it’s not a stretch to presume that Cuomo’s days as governor are limited.