VACATIONING CNN anchor Chris Cuomo answered sarcastically when prompted about the chances of his resigned governor brother paying a visit to a Hamptons harbor.
“Yes, if you wait here he’ll be here in five minutes,” Chris Cuomo said, referring to the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard after he entered a Ford F-150 SVT pickup truck and sped off.
The anchor who had been speedboating all day on his double engine vessel, "Heartstrong" confirmed he spoke with his brother on Tuesday, the day the 56th governor announced his resignation.
"Of course I have," he told the Fox News reporter.
The tightlipped seaman who was on vacation from his CNN weeknight show Prime Time had been in close touch with Gov. Cuomo by telephone throughout the last turbulent days; and it was reported he even advised his brother to resign, two anonymous insiders told the New York Times.
But he refused to answer questions peppered by the reporter about whether he believed the many women who came forward in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ report suggesting he engaged in "unwelcome and non-consensual touching.”
He also reportedly off-camera threatened he had informed state troopers about the reporter claiming he "called to tell them not to get you," according to Fox News.
Three-term governor Cuomo, 63, formally stepped down from office following a bombshell report of rampant sexual harassment in his office – which drew widespread condemnation from his own party, including from President Joe Biden calling for his ouster.
"New York tough means New York loving. And I love New York. And I love you. And everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love," the governor said on Tuesday.
"The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing," he said. "And therefore, that's what I'll do."
Cuomo was facing down a dreary prospect of impeachment for the unbecoming conduct which Cuomo has repeatedly claimed innocence or misunderstanding.
But he could still face an impeachment intended to prevent the once Democratic power player from running for office again.
On Monday, state Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine said impeachment would be “moot” should Cuomo resign before the investigation culminated, but there may be more headwinds coming.
“But, there would be the opportunity in the court of impeachment to prohibit him from ever occupying statewide office,” Levine said on Monday, according to Bloomberg.
He’ll officially remain on the clock as the governor for 14 days, Cuomo said.
He will be succeeded by Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul.
Hochul will make history by becoming the first female governor of the Empire state.
Following AG James’ Aug. 3 report release, the future replacement called her future predecessor's behavior "repulsive & unlawful."
"No one is above the law. Under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps,” Hochul posted in a tweet.
He also wouldn’t respond to questions about whether he would advise the outgoing governor about his future career decisions and if an investigation should be opened at CNN.
At one point he walks by the reporter ignoring the questions and says: "I think you have a job, and I'm gonna let you do it."
The CNN star is was actually featured in the AG report which found that he advised his brother on damage control and forming the best way to respond after initial sexual harassment claims starting going public.
In May, the CNN host made a mea culpa on TV.
"I love my family and I love my job," he said. "And I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN.
“To them, I'm truly sorry."
In the report, the governor's brother is listed as one of many outside advisers Andrew Cuomo sought out who "regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information” that impacted the government despite having no "formal role, duty, or obligation to the State."
The CNN host was accused of participating in emails and conversations with his brother's circle of advisers in the drafting of public statements, the report said.
The cable news network is facing accusations of hypocrisy and calls to fire Chris Cuomo for allowing him to interview his governor brother on his show during the Covid pandemic but ignored the harassment scandal during his news shows.
The controversy only intensified when the anchor on his Prime Time show went mum on the AG report finding his brother sexually harassed 11 women, including nine current and former state workers.
“I think that, as journalists, it’s our responsibility to act in the most responsible possible way, not only to maintain journalistic integrity but also for the public to regain trust in journalism and television news,” an anonymous CNN staffer told Buzzfeed News.
“And the fact that Chris Cuomo wasn’t fired over his inappropriate conflict of interest in actively affecting a news story is not only irresponsible of CNN, but also a disgrace to journalism.”
DePauw University journalism professor Jeffrey McCall was appalled by the lack of journalism prudence told Fox News:
“The lack of professional standards was appalling during the early days of Covid coverage when Chris routinely had the governor on his program to show off about Andrew's handling of COVID, bash Trump and do comedy sketches,” he said.
“CNN should have never let Chris cover his brother for either good or bad news, and only decided to prohibit such coverage once the governor's news became all bad.”
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