House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Gov. Andrew Cuomo “must look inside his heart” to decide if he should step down amid calls for him to resign over mounting accusations of sexual harassment.
The California Democrat was asked on ABC News’ “This Week” whether the governor should resign.
“I think we should see the results of the investigation,” she said. “Hopefully, this result will be soon.”
“And what I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart – he loves New York – to see if he can govern effectively. I think we should see the results of the investigation,” she continued.
The accusations swirling around Cuomo have prompted an investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James, and the New York State Assembly has opened an impeachment inquiry.
A number of Democrats representing New York in Congress – including Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer – have called for Cuomo to step down.
Schumer and Gillibrand, in a joint statement, said the governor has “lost the confidence” to govern.
“Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct,” they said.
Cuomo has continued to deny the claims and vowed not to submit to “cancel culture” and step down.