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New York Gov. Cuomo must resign after sexual assault investigation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s death grip on the levers of power in New York and his willingness to squeeze his friends and rivals alike have kept him in the executive mansion for the past decade.

Now, all of Cuomo’s credibility, as well as his political capital, has slipped through his fingers.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, released a long-awaited independent investigation Tuesday that found Cuomo violated state and federal laws by sexually harassing multiple women, and retaliating against at least one former employee after she accused him of wrongdoing. 

Cuomo sat for interviews under oath and on Tuesday disputed the findings. “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said. “I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.”

But investigators found “corroborating evidence and credible witnesses” to support the allegations of sexual harassment, groping and other inappropriate advances while in office.

NY AG report:Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of law

Cuomo also suggested that the investigation was politically motivated, but after about 10 women, including several current and former employees, came forward starting last December, many in his own party turned against him. Most of New York’s congressional Democrats, both New York senators, more than half of the state’s legislators and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio all called for Cuomo to step down.

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