What you should know
- Transcripts released Monday reveal more details of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s role in advising his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him to leave office.
- Chris Cuomo offered to help try to find out from his “sources” if more women were going to show up and possibly find out their identities.
- Chris Cuomo, the host of “Cuomo Prime Time“of CNN, he defended himself and said that he never reported on the Cuomo situation for CNN and that he never tried to influence the coverage.
Transcripts released Monday reveal more details of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s role in advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him to leave office.
Chris Cuomo told investigators that he spoke regularly with his brother, exchanged text messages with his top advisers and that they sent him emails in February and March while they were formulating a response to the allegations of several women.
He also offered to help try to find out from their “sources” if more women were going to come forward and possibly find out their identities.
“Please let me help prepare,” Chris Cuomo said in a message to Melissa DeRosa, then the governor’s secretary, in early March. Following a report by the New York Times detailing an alleged kiss from the governor, sent him a text message to DeRosa: “I have a lead on the bride at the wedding.”
“I would, when asked, I would approach sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of someone else coming out of the closet,” Chris Cuomo told investigators.
Chris Cuomo’s role as his brother’s unofficial advisor was previously known. After some details of his work were highlighted in a report of August from the state attorney general, Letitia James, the journalist acknowledged that it was a “mistake” to have joined the strategy calls with a group of his brother’s advisers.
But a transcript of Chris Cuomo’s July interview with investigators, as well as the 169-page publication of emails, text messages and other communications, offer more details about his involvement in shaping his brother’s message.
“I was worried this was not being handled the right way, and it’s not my job to handle it, okay?” Chris Cuomo testified. “I don’t work for the governor. I am not defending you in this matter. I’m not covering it. You know, this is, this is not what I do. “
“I am concerned for my brother and concerned that this is being handled in the best possible way. And my feeling was that according to my basic mantra, you should speak the truth and confront them if you have something to say. And if you have something to own, you should also do it, ”he said.
Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid likely impeachment, following an independent investigation that found he sexually harassed at least 11 women.
Chris Cuomo, the host of “Cuomo Prime Time“of CNN, he has defended himself saying that he never reported on the Cuomo situation for CNN and that he never tried to influence the coverage.
“I tried to do the right thing,” the presenter said on the air in August, adding that “I was not in control of anything.”
A message to CNN representatives seeking comment was not immediately returned.
The transcript of Chris Cuomo’s interview was part of a new batch of materials released Monday by the attorney general’s office, gathered during its months-long investigation into the governor’s conduct with women.
A copy of former Governor Cuomo’s video testimony was published for the first time. The transcripts of it had previously been made public.