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Baker on Gov. Cuomo after AG probe: ‘I don’t see how he can continue to do his job’

"If the news coverage, which is extraordinary, is...an accurate representation of the report itself, then I don't see how he can continue to do his job."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Globe Wire Services

If the reports about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are true, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker believes it will be very difficult for Cuomo to continue as governor.

The New York attorney general announced Tuesday that an investigation into Cuomo found he had sexually harassed multiple women, and even worked to retaliate against one of them. 

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At an unrelated press conference, reporters asked Baker whether he thinks Cuomo should resign and face consequences. Before remarking, he noted that he had not read the report but had seen news coverage.

“If the news coverage, which is extraordinary, is — and I would assume that it is — an accurate representation of the report itself, then I don’t see how he can continue to do his job,” Baker said. 

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“These are public jobs, and they carry with them a significant amount of responsibility and accountability,” he said. “And a report like that one, based on the news reports I’ve seen so far, I believe make it very difficult for him to continue in that job, based on what I believe the level of sort of accountability that comes with this role, or any of these elected roles, is all about.”

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden joined other leaders in calling for Cuomo to resign.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House where he addressed the importance of people getting a COVID-19 vaccination August 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden also said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign following a state investigation that found Cuomo has sexually harassed multiple women. – (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

According to The Associated Press, the nearly five-month investigation involved interviews with 179 people including accusers, current and former staff, and Cuomo himself. The lawyers who led the probe found 11 accusers to be credible, noting corroboration by witnesses and text messages. It was all compiled in a 165-page report.

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“These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday.

Cuomo has flatly denied these allegations for months, and on Tuesday his attorney released a position statement calling the report’s findings “unfair” and “inaccurate.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Regrettably…the investigators have directed an utterly biased investigation and willfully ignored evidence inconsistent with the narrative they have sought to weave from the outset,” attorney Rita Glavin wrote. “In coming to their conclusion, they ignored the Governor’s testimony and substantial corroborating evidence, and were not candid about that fact at a press conference during which they announced their findings.”

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The written statement is 26-pages, but also includes dozens of images showing Cuomo hugging, kissing, and face-touching a variety of people at public events, as well as examples of other politicians, including his father and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, making similar gestures.

Cuomo also tweeted a video on Tuesday, and stated he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

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