Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday night was clinging on to power, despite his impeachment seeming inevitable after the state Democrats declared that they had lost confidence in the governor and would vote against him

Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday night was clinging on to power, despite his impeachment seeming inevitable after the state Democrats declared that they had lost confidence in the governor and would vote against him.

President  led calls for  to resign, echoing demands made by other Democratic Congressional leaders, as one of his most high-profile accusers said she felt ‘vindicated’ by the attorney general’s report. 

The governors of neighboring Pennsylvania, New Jersey and clendeninwv Connecticut, plus Rhode Island, all joined in the chorus of condemnation. All four are fellow Democrats.  

Carl Heastie, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, said later on Tuesday that Cuomo has lost the confidence of the Democratic majority and ‘can no longer remain in office.’ 

He said he hopes to conclude the impeachment investigation ‘as quickly as possible.’  

During the video meeting of the state Democrats, which began at 2pm.

and stretched for more than two and a half hours, most of the lawmakers who spoke said that they believed enough evidence existed for the Assembly to draw up articles of impeachment as soon as possible, reported.

Andrew Cuomo is pictured in January 2020 with Carl Heastie, the Assembly Speaker.

On Tuesday Heastie, who had been a strong ally of the governor’s, said that he could no longer rule and would be impeached if he did not resign

Heastie, a congressman for the Bronx as well as being Speaker, issued a statement on Tuesday after his caucus met for two and a half hours to discuss how to proceed

Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James’ report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character

About 50 or 60 people spoke, the people said, and the discussion focused on the issue of timing: how fast could the Assembly draw up the articles and make them thorough enough for an impeachment trial in the State Senate?

‘There was not a single word of support for the governor,’ a source told the paper.  

Heastie has long been seen as a defender of Cuomo, but on Tuesday felt that the tide had turned.

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If Cuomo is impeached, the Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, would see out the rest of his term, which ends following the November 2022 election.

‘The attorney general’s investigation has documented repulsive and unlawful behavior by the governor towards multiple women,’ said Hochul on Tuesday. 

‘I believe these brave women and admire their courage coming forward.  

‘The Assembly will now determine the next steps.

Because lieutenant governors stand next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this moment.’ 

It will take 76 votes to impeach Cuomo. The 43-member Republican conference would likely support such a move unanimously. 

New York Senate Minority and Majority Leaders both called for him to resign. 

‘The Attorney General’s report clearly and concisely documents that Governor Cuomo engaged in disturbing and unacceptable behavior,’ Senate Minority Leader Michael Gianaris said.

‘Andrew Cuomo lacks the integrity required to be the leader of our state and can no longer serve as New York’s Governor.

‘He must heed the calls of so many New York leaders and resign.’ 

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins said: ‘This report highlights unacceptable behavior Cuomo and his administration. 

‘The Governor must resign for the good of the state. 

‘Now that the investigation is complete, and the allegations have been substantiated, it should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as Governor.’

His most powerful ally, Joe Biden, on Tuesday said he had to go. 

‘I think he should resign,’ Biden said, after telling reporters that he stood by his previous statement that if the investigation found accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo were credible, the New York Democrat should step aside. 

The president answered, ‘let’s take one thing at a time here,’ when asked if Cuomo should be impeached and removed from office. 

He also demurred when asked if Cuomo should be prosecuted. 

Cuomo is contesting a damning report from AG Letitia James that found he did sexually harass 11 women.  

He unveiled a photo montage on Tuesday showing him hugging and kissing numerous public figures including , Obama, and Joe Biden – which the New York governor says is proof that he didn’t sexually harass women.

‘I’ve been making the same public gesture all my life.

I actually learnt it from my mother and my father,’ a defiant Cuomo said on Tuesday, referring to the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo and his widow, Matilda Cuomo. 

Cuomo said that while he ‘accepts responsibility,’ he made no hint of planning to resign. 

And following this, one of the 11, Charlotte Bennett, on Tuesday night told CBS she felt

She described his defiant press conference – in which he spent significant time discussing her allegations in particular – as ‘propaganda’ and self-serving, calling it ‘weird’ and ‘a circus act’. 

Cuomo claims it omits facts and is a political attack on him – despite growing calls to step down and the increasing likelihood of impeachment. 

Cuomo had used a photo of Biden in his slideshow of touchy-feely behavior, explaining it away as it being just how he is.

When asked being included, Biden replied: ‘Look, I’m not going to fly speck this.’     

He added: ‘I’m sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.’ 

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President Joe Biden called on New York Gov.

Andrew Cuomo to resign during a Q&A session at the White House Tuesday afternoon 

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