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Cuomo scandal

Biden says Cuomo should resign if investigation confirms harassment accusations

President Biden told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday that should an investigation confirm New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sexually harassed several of his aides, he must immediately step down.

The probe is being overseen by New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Biden said if the allegations are proven, he thinks Cuomo will "probably end up being prosecuted, too."

Several leading Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have called on Cuomo to resign. He has denied the accusations, and asked New Yorkers to wait until the investigation is complete before rushing to judgement.

Biden told Stephanopoulos it takes "a lot of courage to come forward" to report harassment, and women who do so should "not be scapegoated" or "become victimized." The presumption is that these allegations should "be taken seriously" and "investigated," he added, "and that's what's underway now."