CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely after new documents revealed that he was more involved with his brother, the former governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely following sexual misconduct claims. Letitia James, New York Attorney-General, releases statement On Monday, thousands of pages of evidence were availableIt was evident that Cuomo often offered advice and assistance to his brother’s staff, and offered to assist when Andrew’s team found out that other news outlets were pursuing reports on allegations against Andrew. Andrew officially resigned his office on August 23rd, after James Andrew released a reportDuring his tenure in office, he allegedly sexually harassed at most 11 women.
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,”CNN released a statement Tuesday evening confirming that the reports were accurate. New York Times. “When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”CNN announced that Anderson Cooper would host the 9 pm. ET timeslot Tuesday night will replace Cuomo.
Monday’s documents contained pages of text messages and emails that Cuomo had exchanged with his closest aides. Cuomo asked Andrew’s senior aide to assist him in March. “let me help with the prep.”Also, evidence suggests that he assisted them in seeing how far other outlets like PoliticoAnd The New YorkerThey were with them in reporting on the accusations against Andrew. Andrew’s former aide, Melissa DeRosaCuomo asked if he could confirm with his. “sources”About a Politico report. “On it,” Cuomo replied.
James also released transcripts of Cuomo’s interviews. In one interview, James admitted to investigators that Cuomo tried to learn more about journalists. Ronan Farrow’s reportingHis brother claimed that this was a normal journalistic practice. “The idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual,”According to Cuomo, CNN.
In August, after Andrew resigned, Cuomo told viewersHe was “not an advisor”However, he acted as an agent. “brother”Andrew was being criticized more and more. When CNN asked him to stop, he insisted that he had stopped speaking to his brother’s aides. Cuomo said to viewers and later to investigators that he had not attempted influence CNN reporting on his brother. “If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you people would know, and so would a lot of others,”He told investigators.
CNN stated that Cuomo wasn’t involved in Andrew’s controversies coverage in May. On-air, he also apologized for his advice to his brother. “It will not happen again. It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot,”He stated this in May. “I never intended for that I would never intend for that and I am sorry for that.”
CNN is under greater pressure to act on the new documents. They showed that Cuomo was much more involved in advising his brother and team than he thought. Charlotte BennettOne of Cuomo’s former aides, who was accused of sexual harassment by Cuomo, called CNN to fire Cuomo. “Anything short of firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking both morals and a backbone,” She wrote. “Does CNN stand by journalistic integrity, or will it simply excuse his actions because Chris Cuomo drives ratings?”