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Biden urges Cuomo to step down following a report of sexual harassment

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden called on New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after reports that Cuomo sexually molested 11 women.

"He should resign," Biden told reporters at the White House.

When asked if Cuomo should be ousted if he refuses to step down, Biden said, "I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I don't know."

In calling on Cuomo to resign, Biden joined almost every other major Democratic legislature in Albany and Washington. But from the top of the party leadership, Biden's demand carries more weight than others.

The report, released Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James, summarized a month-long investigation and concluded that Cuomo "sexually molested several women in violation of federal and state laws," James told a news conference.

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A gloomy but defiant Cuomo strongly denied some of these allegations later Tuesday, saying that other examples of his alleged wrongdoing had been misrepresented or misinterpreted.

The 165-page report, which includes interviews with 179 witnesses and a review of tens of thousands of documents, also states that Cuomo's office was riddled with fear and intimidation and was a hostile work environment for many employees.

The women Cuomo accused of molesting include members of his own staff, members of the public and other state employees, one of whom was a state trooper, the report said.

The president's response came four months after Biden said the governor should resign if an investigation confirms sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.

Biden said Tuesday that he stood by his March testimony.

"I think he's likely to be prosecuted as well," Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired on March 16.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House message to Cuomo's accuser is that all women who have had "this type of experience … deserve to be treated with respect and dignity."

"I don't know that anyone could have been watching [James' press conference] this morning and not finding the allegations hideous – I know I did," said Psaki.

The results showed "a deeply disturbing but clear picture," said James, describing Cuomo's office as a "toxic place to work."

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