Rudy Giuliani criticized the treatment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York after the release of a report concluding he sexually harassed 11 women, comparing the allegations against Cuomo to those leveled against former President Donald Trump.
The office of New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, on Tuesday said its independent investigators had concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York state employees.
The report said he created a “hostile work environment for women” by “among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching.” Cuomo has defended himself against the allegations while apologizing for some of his conduct.
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who later worked as Trump’s personal attorney, said Cuomo risked being found guilty without a trial after being condemned by numerous high-profile Democrats.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined several congressional Democrats and Republicans in calling on Cuomo to resign.
“Cuomo may be guilty, but we used to have trials before convictions,” Giuliani tweeted.
“That’s what Cuomo’s Democrat allies denied President Trump. There would be poetic justice if they did that to Cuomo, but it would be unjust, dangerous, and entirely un-American.”
In a subsequent tweet, he added: “The truth of the charges against Cuomo should be determined by a trial of an impeachment and/or an indictment, not by the media.”
It is unclear what specific incident – if any – Giuliani was referring to when he said Democrats denied Trump the right to a trial.
At least 26 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, and one of his accusers has brought a defamation lawsuit against him after he dismissed her allegations.
A statement released Tuesday by Carl Heastie, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, indicated that Cuomo might well face an impeachment trial.
Heastie told the Times Union on Friday, however, that the outcome of the report in itself might not be enough to bring impeachment proceedings.
“I don’t know if the report itself, alone, without the conclusion of the Judiciary Committee’s work should rise to an action,” he said.
The report will not directly lead to criminal charges for Cuomo, though he faces the prospect of charges by other authorities over some of the claims within it.
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