White House press secretary Jen Psaki warded off questions about sexual misconduct allegations President Biden Wednesday after the Supreme Commander’s decision to invoke New York government Andrew Cuomo resign after a harassment investigation.
“Should there be an independent investigation into impeachment charges against the president as they were against Governor Cuomo?” New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked Psaki, after summarizing a number of allegations that surfaced during the 2020 campaign against Biden.
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“The president has been clear and candid about the importance of respecting women, having their voices heard and allowed to tell their stories, and that people treat them with respect,” Psaki replied.
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She said that was still the president’s policy.
“It was heavily litigated during the campaign,” Psaki added. “I understand you want to get back on it, but I have nothing but to reiterate that he called on the governor to resign.”
Nelson brought up Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault in 1993, which the president has denied, as well as accusations by Secret Service agents that Biden dunked skinny in front of them, and New York Times and Washington Post reporting on women “who objected.” against the way President Biden touched them.”
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After the press conference, Reade in an interview with the Daily Caller disputes Psaki’s characterization that her allegations were “litigated during the campaign.”
“There has been no lawsuit,” Reade told the outlet. “There has been no investigation. That is a lie. That is misleading the public.”
She told the caller that Psaki should withdraw the statement.
Psaki’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
During the White House press conference, she had said the president has no intention of calling Cuomo and asking him to resign over his own sexual harassment allegations. But she reiterated that Biden has already publicly called on Cuomo to resign.
“The president has made it clear because of the horrific allegations… that it is time for Governor Cuomo to step down,” she said.
A New York Attorney General’s report released Tuesday shows that the governor sexually harassed 11 women between 2013 and 2020.
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Cuomo prosecutor Lindsey Boylan has expressed support for Reade, tweeting months before coming forward with accusations against the governor that Reade’s story is “gripping, believable and deeply disturbing.”