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Vice President Kamala Harris refused to comment on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mounting sexual misconduct scandal — despite previously swiftly condemning former Democratic Sen. Al Franken when he faced similar accusations.
Harris walked away as a reporter asked her to weigh in on the claims against Cuomo on Wednesday, a clip of the interaction shows.
“Madame Vice President, do you have any comment on Gov. Cuomo?” the reporter asked.
The veep had briefly addressed reporters after the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
As a California senator, Harris was among a group of female colleagues to call on then-Sen. Franken to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki would only say that Harris backed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Cuomo’s alleged behavior.
“I think the vice president’s view is she believes a woman should be treated with respect. Their voices should be heard. They should tell their story,” Psaki told reporters.
She added, “There is an independent investigation that is happening now being overseen by the attorney general and she certainly supports that.”
Meanwhile, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — who also vociferously condemned Franken, as well as former President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over sexual misconduct allegations — has refused to join calls for Cuomo to resign.
“Asking every female elected in our state when a person should resign or not resign really isn’t the conversation we should be having,” the former Democratic presidential candidate told Yahoo Finance this week.
Cuomo has vehemently denied claims from now six women who say he either sexually harassed them or displayed other inappropriate behavior.
On Thursday, the latest accuser claimed the governor reached under her blouse and groped her inside the Executive Mansion in Albany — the most serious accusations lodged yet.
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