He kicked off his broadcast by congratulating Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on the bronze medal she claimed in balance beam competition, subsequently segueing to conversation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m Chris Cuomo, welcome to Prime Time,” he said. “We’re focused on Covid here, especially until we get the Delta variant under control—and for now, as you know, it’s getting worse.”
During the broadcast, Cuomo stuck for the most part to that topic, and how states including Vermont and Florida are weathering the pandemic. Guests on the program included Vermont Commissioner of Health Mark Levine and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
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Chris Cuomo had previously said that he would not cover the sexual harassment allegations surrounding his brother. In March, he told viewers, “Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it, because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively. And they will continue to do so. I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report earlier today, concluding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had “sexually harassed multiple women,” in violation of federal and state law, also retaliating against at least one former employee who spoke out about his conduct.
The report also shed light on the extent to which Chris Cuomo advised his brother on how he might respond to the accusations against him, which came to light earlier this year. When reports surfaced in May that he had advised his brother, he apologized on air.
Andrew Cuomo continues to deny the accusations against him. “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said in a videotaped statement, two hours after James released the results of her investigative report.
“I am 63 years old,” the elder Cuomo added. “I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am.”
While President Joe Biden called today for Cuomo to resign, he has thus far refused, raising the possibility that the State Assembly could move to impeach him.
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