CNN’s primetime anchor Chris Cuomo testified as part of the New York Attorney General’s investigation into his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and confirmed that he was part of a team of advisers that helped Gov. Cuomo respond to the sexual harassment claims.
According to internal documents and communications obtained during the investigation, it appears that the Governor’s advisors, including Mr. Pollock and Chris Cuomo, counseled him to express contrition after the press published Ms. Bennett’s allegations. On February 27, 2021, the date when the first article about Ms. Bennett’s allegations appeared, the Governor issued a press release saying that he never “intend[ed] to act in any way that was inappropriate.” The next day, he issued another press release saying that he “never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm.”
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Chris Cuomo was part of a group of unpaid, trusted outside figures who were consulting Gov. Cuomo and his Executive Chamber staff to respond to these allegations and helped drafted a press release for the Governor according to this report.
“The common thread among all of these individuals was a proven, personal loyalty to the Governor,” the A.G. report states “Their inclusion in the deliberations and the significant role they had in decision making reflect how loyalty and personal ties were valued as much, if not more, than any official function or role in State government. And because they did not have any formal position within the Executive Chamber, they could not reasonably have been relied upon to protect its interests as an institution or the interest of its current and former employees (including some who were complainants or witnesses), especially if those interests did not align with the Governor’s personal interests.”
Neither CNN nor Chris Cuomo has responded to this report as of publishing this article. Will the younger Cuomo face a disciplinary as a result of this report? That remains to be seen.
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