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    CNN's Chris Cuomo shared a fawning and cringeworthy exchange with Don Lemon as they praised each other's kindness and friendship while ignoring revelations Chris advised his disgraced brother Andrew on his response to the former governor's sex harassment scandal. Bombshell documents released on Monday by the office of the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, show that Chris exchanged dozens of text messages with his brother Andrew's top aide, Melissa DeRosa. Chris Cuomo had told investigators under oath that they only had 'irregular contact.' Meanwhile, Chris and Lemon said Monday they were thankful for each other's presence in their lives as they discussed their respective Thanksgivings in a hand-off branded 'nauseating' by viewers.  Lemon told his co-host: 'It's good to see you, I know you had a great Thanksgiving, I hope you did. I missed you.  'I'm grateful for your friendship and your love. I think you're fantastic, one of the kindest people I know on this planet. 'There you go, I meant every word.' Cuomo replied: 'I'm thankful for you in my life, it was great to see you having...
    Video of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo being deposed for eleven hours over claims he sexually harassed staff has been released by Attorney General Letitia James, along with videos of all of the women who accused him.  The 11-hour footage was put online by James on Monday and shows Cuomo, 63, sipping coffee from a Dunkin Donuts cup, sitting back in his chair, positioning his reading glasses and becoming agitated as attorneys ask him repeated questions about whether or not he ever touched, kissed, hugged or spoke to staff inappropriately.  Cuomo has been charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching for allegedly groping the breast of Brittany Commisso, a former aide and one of the ten women in AG James' report. He is due in court in January in Albany.  The charge came after AG James released her report in August that claimed he was a serial sex abuser.   The deposition was part of the investigation that produced that report. It was in New York City on July 17, 2021.  The deposition transcript was released earlier this year and...
    The aide who Governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with groping begged him to give her a raise in November 2020 after she filed for divorce from her husband, the same month she claims he touched her breast, a newly released deposition transcript has revealed. The 500 page transcript is of Cuomo's deposition by investigators who were part of Attorney General Letitia James' team.  The deposition was in July 2021, lasted nearly 12 hours and involved Cuomo being quizzed on all of the women who accused him of harassment.  Among them was Brittany Commisso, who is the only woman to take her claims to the police. Cuomo is now facing a Class A misdemeanor of forcible touching over her allegation that he groped her breast in his office in November 2020.  The deposition transcript reveals that in the same month, according to him, she begged him for a raise and was 'upset' and fearful that she was going to lose her job because she'd filed for divorce from her local politician husband, and was worried about money.   Cuomo described Commisso as...
    The Governor of the State of Louisiana, John bel edwars, declared this Sunday that he has already deployed the state National Guard to try to respond to the complicated situation due to the arrival of Hurricane Ida, which is in category 4. During a press conference, Edwars reported that more than 4,000 guards are ready to serve, and added that wild and fishing agents are “available” to carry out rescue actions. For rescue operations, the governor indicated that the state has 195 offshore vehicles, 73 rescue vehicles and 34 helicopters that were installed throughout southern Louisiana with the goal of supporting rescue, tracking and evacuation missions as needed. He warned the citizens of the state that they must be vigilant and prepared to take refuge during the next 72 hours and stressed the complicated conditions that first responders will have for their work, reported Fox News. “You cannot operate these boats or offshore vehicles in these conditions and you cannot send a lifeguard if you are going to put the lifeguard in a bad situation.”Edwars clarified. “This is why...
    Disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a charity that helps supports victims of sexual assault are being represented by the same law firm, it has emerged. Both the governor, who is facing increasing calls to resign in the wake of a scathing 168-page attorney general's report saying that he sexually harassed 11 women while in office, has contracted legal firm Arnold and Porter. It is the same company that represents Time's Up, a charity that raises money to support victims of sexual harassment which was set up in the wake of the Me Too movement. According to financial disclosure forms obtained by FOX News, the Time's Up Foundation - the organization's 'industry and impact arm' - has spent over $100,000 on legal services with the firm in 2019. Time's Up Now, Inc., the lobbying end of the charity, meanwhile, paid $454,000 on legal fees with Arnold and Porter in 2019 and more than $719,00 in 2018. Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, hired the firm to represent him in March as he first started facing claims of sexual harassment.  Gov. Andrew...
    Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida responded Friday to President Joe Biden’s “Governor Who?” comment that the president made Thursday when a reporter asked him about their ongoing feud. “I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?” DeSantis said during a press conference at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. WATCH: “Biden has forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that,” DeSantis continued. “Biden has forgotten about the inflation that’s biting the budgets of families all throughout our country. Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators who are fighting for freedom down in Cuba. Biden has even forgotten about the Constitution itself as we saw with what he did with this moratorium.” “And I can just tell you that I’m the governor ‘who’ protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education. I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down.” “I’m the governor who answers...
    The unnamed woman filed an official criminal complaint against Governor Cuomo for sexual harassment after a meeting with police in the New York state capital, Albany, according to the U.S. New York Post. August 5 evening. A former aide to Cuomo told investigators that when the governor asked him to take a “selfie” together in his office on December 31, 2019, he asked not to share the photo he had taken with anyone, and he did not say if anyone was afraid he would lose his job no matter what happened. Announcing that they had contacted the Albany Attorney’s Office after the criminal complaint, Police Chief Craig Apple said Cuomo could be arrested if there was sufficient evidence of the charges. Harassment charges against Cuomo Lindsay Boylan, a former adviser to Governor Cuomo, said in an article published on the “Medium” website on February 24 that Cuomo had misbehaved in his office in 2018. Charlotte Bennett, 25, a former adviser to Cuomo, told the New York Times on February 27 that the 63-year-old governor had asked her some sexual questions....
    When New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office had substantiated a slew of allegations of sexual harassment against scandal-plagued Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, perhaps the most shocking revelation involved a female state trooper assigned to his protective detail. In addition to targeting the woman for assignment to him and subsequently sexually harassing her on several occasions, the AG’s probe led by two outside lawyers found, Cuomo tried to play off his interest in the cop as a push for more diversity on his staff. In other words, the probe suggested, an erstwhile liberal titan who had as recently as last year styled himself a MeToo stalwart was now using another progressive priority—diversity in politics and law enforcement—to try to save his own skin. The independent investigation into Cuomo found he sexually harassed at least 11 current and former female state staffers in a “hostile” and “unsafe” work environment that repeatedly covered up for his “pattern of inappropriate conduct.” But even as the probe concluded that Cuomo “engaged in unlawful sexual harassment,” New York Attorney General...
    Andrew Cuomo has labeled a question on whether he 'profited off the backs of dead New Yorkers' with his $5.1 million book deal as 'stupid and offensive'.  The governor was asked about American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic during his Thursday press conference.  After a reporter asked if he had profited on the 'backs of dead New Yorkers', Cuomo replied: 'That’s stupid. Next question.' When probed further on what he meant Cuomo replied: 'I thought your question was stupid and offensive.'  He added: 'I wrote a book saying this is what we should learn from what has happened so far in COVID because we're not done and it's going to continue.  'And if we don't learn the lessons we are going to continue to make the same mistakes. That's why I wrote the book. And by the way, that's what happened.  'This country made tremendous mistakes when it came to COVID. We politicized a public health emergency.'   Earlier this week it emerged that  Cuomo was given $3.1million from Crown publishers for the book, with an agreement of an additional $2million over the...
    Republican New York Assemblyman Colin Schmitt slammed Democrats in his state on Thursday over their policies that he said were driving New Yorkers to leave for other states. Schmitt, who is running for Congress in New York’s 18th congressional district, argued on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the actions of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and “the radical left,” have transformed “the empire state” into “the exodus state.” “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is weak, he’s been weakened by all the sex harassment stories, so the ideologues in the state are bending him to their will,” host Tucker Carlson began. “Cuomo just announced that the state will distribute up to $15,600 to ‘undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic.’” He went on to say that it wasn’t clear what sort of identification the “undocumented immigrants” would provide to show that they’re undocumented and entitled to be paid the money. He then said that what was clear was that it’s going to cost the state of New York “more than $2 billion.” He then asked Schmitt...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has fired back at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo following revelations in an article by The New Yorker that detailed how the governor had a dart board made up with de Blasio's face on it. During Friday's Covid-19 briefing, a reporter from CNN asked the mayor about the dartboard allegation, contained in the piece by Ronan Farrow, which is said to exist at the governor's mansion.  Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment back in December, told the magazine she spotted the childish game in the pool house at the governor's mansion in Albany.  'I couldn't believe how brazen that was,' Boylan, who worked for Cuomo's team from March 2015 to October 2018, recalled.   Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked how he felt that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly putting his face on a dart board at his home. The mayor responded with a barb of his own When reporter Mark Morales asked if the mayor had any reactions to the claim, de Blasion fired back with an insult of...
    A current aide of Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment. Alyssa McGrath said the governor ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring, according to The New York Times.  Alyssa McGrath said the governor ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring, according to The New York Time s.  This is a developing story 
    New York : Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Photo: SETH WENIG / . / . The sixth woman to accuse the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, assured that the politician groped her “aggressively” at her official residence, where he asked him to go for work reasons at the end of 2020, the local media reported this Wednesday Albany Times Union. According to the newspaper, The governor’s employee, much younger than him, explained that Cuomo put his hands under her blouse and groped her breasts during the incident, which happened when she had to move to the Executive Mansion in Albany, the capital of New York State, to fix a problem your boss was having with the phone. The alleged victim, who has not been identified and who revealed the incident on Tuesday without offering details, then asked the governor to stop, says the media, which claims to have obtained the information from a person close to the woman. The aThis Wednesday’s charges are the most serious to date...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward six women, including several former staffers in his administration and someone he met purely socially. The accusations range from unwanted kisses and other physical gestures to unwelcome personal questions about sex and dating. The Democratic governor has said he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and “never made any inappropriate advances” and that “no one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable." He has called some allegations false. Cuomo — who in 2018 signed a requirement for all employers statewide to conduct anti-sexual-harassment training every year — said he never meant for what he described as teasing, jokes and “ banter ” to offend anyone but that he apologizes for it. The 63-year-old has also suggested that he was simply being an old-school politician in greeting people with hugs and kisses but that “sensitivities” and behavior have changed. State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, has appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer to investigate...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward six women, including several former staffers in his administration and someone he met purely socially. The accusations range from unwanted kisses and other physical gestures to unwelcome personal questions about sex and dating. The Democratic governor has said he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and “never made any inappropriate advances” and that “no one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable.” He has called some allegations false. Cuomo — who in 2018 signed a requirement for all employers statewide to conduct anti-sexual-harassment training every year — said he never meant for what he described as teasing, jokes and “ banter ” to offend anyone but that he apologizes for it. The 63-year-old has also suggested that he was simply being an old-school politician in greeting people with hugs and kisses but that “sensitivities” and behavior have changed. State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, has appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper put Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) through an intense interrogation on whether he accepts that Joe Biden is the legitimate president of the United States. Tapper spoke to Reeves on Sunday for a State of the Union interview on the state’s decision to roll back some covid restrictions. Tapper eventually switched gears by noting that former President Donald Trump is still pushing the false claim that the election was corrupted by mass fraud, so he asked Reeves, “Do you accept that Joe Biden is the legitimately and lawfully elected president of the United States?” “President Biden is the president of the United States,” Reeves answered, but Tapper immediately called out the sidestep. “Was he legitimately and lawfully elected?” Tapper asked again. Reeves went on ahead with a condemnation of mail-in voting, though he did describe Biden as the “duly-elected president.” Tapper followed up by pointing out the lack of evidence that the election was corrupted by mass voter fraud, and added that lie is what fueled Trump’s supporters when they violently laid siege to the U.S....
    ANDREW Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett has branded the New York governor a "textbook abuser" who "let his temper rule the office." In a CBS Evening News interview, that aired on Thursday night, Charlotte Bennett, 25, told anchor Norah O'Donnell about her experience with the governor. 8Charlotte Bennett, 25, was interviewed by CBS on ThursdayCredit: CBS 8Cuomo has said he 'never touched anyone inappropriately'Credit: AP:Associated Press "He is a textbook abuser," the former aide said. "He lets his temper and his anger rule the office, but he was very sweet to me for a year in the hopes that maybe one day, when he came onto me, I would think we were friends or that it was appropriate or that it was okay." Bennett has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment claiming he quizzed her about her sex life after she went to him for help as a survivor of sexual assault. Her claims came three days after Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to the governor, claimed Cuomo kissed her on the lips and suggested they play strip poker. On Friday morning, Boylan called on...
    One of Andrew Cuomo's accusers on Friday branded him a 'textbook abuser' who 'used his temper to rule the office' as other aides described a 'brutal' work environment where he preferred 'blondes in heels' in his Albany office.  The embattled New York Governor is facing allegations of sexual harassment from three women including two former aides, one of whom is Charlotte Bennett.  Bennett, 25, alleges that the Governor came on to her- not physically - but with inappropriate comments in his Albany office this summer, at a time when he was considered a pandemic hero.  She alleged in an interview with CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell that he 'terrified' her and repeatedly asked her to find him a girlfriend after telling her that she was old enough for him because he would date anyone 'over 22'. He is 63.  'He is a textbook abuser. He let his temper and his anger rule the office,' Bennett said.  She claims Cuomo preyed on the fact she had previously been raped and that she thinks he was looking to take advantage of her vulnerabilities. ...
    ▶ Watch Video: CBS News exclusive: Ex-Cuomo aide details governor’s alleged sexual harassment Charlotte Bennett, one of the women accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, on Thursday detailed multiple instances in which the governor allegedly made inappropriate comments, including asking her if her experience with sexual assault had impacted her sex life. Cuomo allegedly told Bennett he was comfortable dating 22-year-olds and was looking for a girlfriend, and asked her about her sexual relationships. Bennett, who was the governor’s executive assistant and a health policy adviser, told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell that during a one-on-one meeting on June 5, 2020, Cuomo asked multiple questions that led her to the conclusion that “The governor’s trying to sleep with me.” “Without explicitly saying it, he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely,” she said. When asked by CBS News to respond to Bennett’s claims, Cuomo’s office pointed to the governor’s Wednesday apology, in which he said he “never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or...
    Former aide Charlotte Bennett spoke out on Thursday’s broadcast of “CBS Evening News” for the first time about her allegations of sexual harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Anchor Norah O’Donnell said, “Governor Cuomo said that he had never propositioned anybody. Do you believe that he was propositioning you?” Bennett said, “Yes.” O’Donnell said, “For what?” Bennett said, “Sex.” Setting the timeframe, Bennett said, “The pandemic was obviously stressful for all of us, and he was on TV every day talking about it.” O’Donnell asked. “So you think all this national attention may have emboldened him?” Bennett replied, “Absolutely. I think he felt like he was untouchable in a lot of ways.” On one of the encounters Bennett has detailed, O’Donnell asked, “You just finished dictation, and the Governor is telling you he is lonely and looking for a relationship?” Referencing being a rape survivor, Bennett said, “Yes. He asked if I had trouble enjoying being with someone because of my trauma.” O’Donnell said, “This seemed entirely inappropriate.” Bennett added, “The governor asked me if I was sensitive to intimacy.” O’Donnell said, “In his...
    March 2, 2021 11:08 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. Another woman, the third so far, accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. The complaint comes after 2 other women, aides of the politician, did the same in recent days. According to the newspaper The New York Times, the third woman, identified as Anna Ruch, 33, reported that Cuomo asked if he could kiss her while putting his hands on her cheeks at a wedding in which they coincided in September 2019 in New York City. Ruch, who said she felt “uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” after what happened, explained that she did not know Cuomo until that day. She also stated that she approached him to thank him for giving a toast to the newlyweds. After that, the governor repeatedly put his hand on the small of Ruch’s back, who clarified that he withdrew it. It was then that Cuomo pointed out that Ruch seemed “aggressive”, put his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her. “I was very confused, shocked and embarrassed“Ruch said....
    New York politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out against Governor Andrew Cuomo after he was accused of sexual harassment by a second former aide.    That aide, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, came out on Saturday and said Cuomo told her he was open to dating women in their 20s and asked her questions about her personal life in June, at the height of the state's COVID-19 crisis. It comes after Lindsey Boylan, 36, claimed he asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017. Cuomo, 63, said he 'never intended to act in any way that was inappropriate' with Bennett and his press secretary said Boylan's claims were 'false'. On Friday, the governor promised a review of the allegations by former federal judge Barbara Jones - who was appointed by Bill Clinton.   But prominent Democrats including state Sen Alessandra Biaggi, Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie turned their backs on Cuomo and called for a 'truly independent probe'.  '@NYGovCuomo, you are a monster, and it is time...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for an independent investigation into claims New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed a former aide.  In an essay published to Medium Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan - who worked as a special advisor to Cuomo in 2018 - charged that the Governor asked her to play strip poker and kissed on the lips without her permission.  The allegations have been vigorously denied by Cuomo, but de Blasio told reporters during a press conference Thursday that they should be examined more thoroughly.  'These allegations are really disturbing. Let's be clear about that, they're really disturbing. We have to, as New Yorkers, we got to take this seriously. When a woman comes forward with this kind of very specific allegations, they have to be taken seriously,' de Blasio stated.  'We need a full and independent investigation, I want to emphasize the word 'independent,' investigation by some individual or entity that is not compromised, is not dominated by the governor's office, but an independent investigation,' he continued.  'This kind of behavior, if it's true,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he is being restricted by the state to put more mitigation efforts in place against COVID-19. “I had implemented a mask-in-public order back when we were allowed to do that during the summer, and that drove down cases by 90%. Now, we’re not allowed to implement a mask-in-public order,” he said. He said he has asked Gov. Ron DeSantis for the mayors to have more authority, but that’s been met with no response. “I’ve tried to reach him on multiple occasions to tell him to give us the opportunity, not just here at the city, but in the county, to be able to institute things that we think are common sense, that we think are backed up by science and we can demonstrate are backed up by science,” he said. Trending On CBSMiami.com FIU Researchers Train Dogs To Sniff Out COVID On Campus ‘It’s A Sad Place’: Mar-A-Lago Members Leaving Following Trump’s Return Florida Commissioner Refuses To Quit After Pence Comments South Florida, particularly Miami-Dade,...
    MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – After Tropical Storm Isaias left millions of customers in our area without power, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed action. They’re the same promises he made after every bad weather event, but does he mean it this time? CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer took that question straight to the governor today, demanding answers. With power lines down, people sitting in darkness with no heat or air conditioning, depending on the season, New Yorkers have heard the threats before. After the 2018 winter storms: “Utility companies were not granted a license by God,” Cuomo said in March of 2018. After last summer’s Manhattan blackout: “They can be replaced,” Cuomo said in July of 2019. Even a few days ago, after hundreds of thousands of people in our area – many working at home due to COVID-19 – were left in the dark. “Your franchise could be revoked, and I’m as serious as a heart attack,” Cuomo said. PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Isaias Leaves Path of Destruction But after Kramer demanded answers, the governor took a new tack, and said he...
    A prominent conservative activist urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to allow the National Guard to “shoot to kill” protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. "I want you to give a message to the governor," Steve Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail that was obtained by The Texas Tribune. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill ‘em. Thank you."  The voicemail, which The Tribune obtained through a public information request, was sent on the weekend of June 6, days after Abbott activated the National Guard in response to the protests, some of which had turned violent. It was not immediately clear if Saenz or Abbott responded. Hotze is a well-known conservative soldier in...
    “President Donald Trump does not intend to intervene in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Ongoing Protest (CHOP) until he is asked to do so,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday. McEnany explained during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that the president planned to wait “for a call from the derelict governor” before stepping in to take control. (RELATED: ‘Gotta Let Me Finish, Jim, This Isn’t A Cable News Segment’: Kayleigh McEnany Chastises CNN’s Acosta For Interrupting) WATCH: Host Ainsley Earhardt mentioned comments made Sunday by Attorney General William Barr, who told Maria Bartiromo that CHOP could not be allowed to operate indefinitely. “Is the president going to step in?” Earhardt asked. “The president has said he’s waiting on a call from the derelict governor — and I’m using that word, calling him derelict — governor of Washington failing at his job to secure his state,” McEnany said as she took direct aim at Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Governors and mayors have the police power. It is up to them to secure their streets and what we’ve seen...
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