CNN host Chris Cuomo discussed New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s disgraceful exit from office but downplayed his role as a campaign advisor and media hype-man.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host returned from his conveniently timed vacation to the Hamptons, a week after the elder Cuomo resigned his post, following New York Attorney General Letitia James’ explosive report that he had sexually harassed multiple women.
“My brother, as you know, resigned as governor of New York and will be stepping down next week,” he said on Monday. “There are a lot of people feeling a lot of hurt and a lot of pain right now. And my hope is that ultimately, everyone involved can get to a better place. That some higher good will be served in all of this.”
The latest “higher good” to come out of his resignation is New York State Assembly Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie reversing his position on completing a final report of the investigation into the governor’s removal from office, after announcing it would not proceed any further with impeachment proceedings on Friday.
“The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of Governor Cuomo,” Heastie said Monday.
The younger Cuomo didn’t address the investigation, but did attempt to downplay his involvement in the scandal, insisting his brother’s appearances on CNN were “short-lived” and only aired “long before any kind of scandal.”
Though he did acknowledge he had advised the governor and encouraged him to resign from office.
“I’m not an adviser. I’m a brother,” Cuomo remarked. “I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen and offer my take, and my advice to my brother was simple and consistent – own what you did, tell people what you’ll do to be better, be contrite, and finally, accept that it doesn’t matter what you intended.”
“What matters is how your actions and words were perceived,” he continued. “And yes, while it was something I never ever imagined ever having to do, I did urge my brother to resign when the time came.”
He claimed that his coverage “never misled anyone” and that he “never attacked, or encouraged anyone to attack, any woman who came forward.”
Nor did he admit to influencing the network. “It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media. I tried to do the right thing and I just want you all to know that.”