CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), announced on Monday night that he would not be covering the burgeoning scandals engulfing the governor, who is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct by several women and deliberately underreporting New York’s COVID-19 death counts, due to conflict of interest.
“I’ll be straight with you: Obviously I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother,” Cuomo told viewers at the beginning of his program. “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,” he added.
The anchor stated he “always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so.”
Cuomo’s announcement came after the New York Times dropped a report detailing a third allegation of sexual misconduct against his brother. Prior to the report, two of the governor’s former aides had come forward accusing him of workplace sexual harassment. New York Attorney General Letitia James has begun an investigation into the allegations.
The governor is also facing several federal investigations into the way his administration dramatically undercounted COVID-19 deaths among New York nursing home residents early in the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal confirms that he has hired a criminal defense attorney.
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CNN's Chris Cuomo on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo's scandals: "Obviously I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother." pic.twitter.com/RSHfI9TY65
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 2, 2021