New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who confronted intense scrutiny Wednesday after a former aide accused him of sexual harassment, referred to as for then-Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh to undergo a lie-detector check amid allegations of sexual assault in 2018.
Cuomo spoke out in September 2018 amid Senate hearings concerning Kavanaugh’s potential appointment to the courtroom. On the time, Kavanaugh’s prospects had been doubtful following allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who testified underneath oath that the choose sexually assaulted her at a 1982 social gathering after they had been highschool college students.
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In an announcement directed at then-President Donald Trump, Cuomo stated he discovered Ford’s testimony “very compelling.” He identified that Ford, not like Kavanaugh, had taken a polygraph check, and referred to as on Trump to “insist” that the choose take a check.
“Right here is one fundamental incontrovertible fact that badly hurts Decide Kavanaugh: Why will not he take a polygraph? Dr. Ford did,” Cuomo stated. “If he doesn’t take a polygraph check, it’s the final, ‘he stated, she stated.’ It’s the one highly effective piece of proof that significantly damages his credibility and the credibility of his Republican supporters, together with your self. You’ll be able to and will ask him to take the check.
“If he refuses, it is best to pull the appointment,” Cuomo added. “It is going to present at the least a modicum of equity in your half. If you don’t insist that Decide Kavanaugh take a polygraph, it is going to be additional proof that you’re placing political motivation over your constitutional obligation. Don’t help and abet a lie. Demand a polygraph.”
Kavanaugh repeatedly denied the allegation and was later confirmed to the Supreme Court docket regardless of stiff opposition. The New York Submit was first to resurface Cuomo’s remarks.
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide and present candidate for Manhattan borough president, accused the governor of assorted situations of sexual harassment and undesirable touching throughout her tenure within the administration. Boylan alleged that Cuomo requested her to play “strip poker” throughout a 2017 flight, kissed her on the lips throughout an encounter in his New York Metropolis workplace and “went out of his approach” to the touch her.
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Cuomo’s press secretary, Caitlin Girouard, dismissed Boylan’s allegations and cited former aides who asserted that the dialog about strip poker “didn’t occur.”
“As we stated earlier than, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate conduct are fairly merely false,” Girouard stated in an announcement.