President Biden breaks silence on Cuomo
President Joe Biden said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign if the sexual assault allegations against him are confirmed, according to the Washington Post.
The comments were made Tuesday during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in which the president gave his approval of the ongoing investigation and that the governor will “probably” face prosecution.
Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by six women, five of them made by former employees, with the latest surfacing last Wednesday.
Many members of the New York congressional delegation along with state officials have called for Cuomo’s resignation, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand.
All allegations made have been denied by the governor. The ongoing investigation is currently being handled by Letitia James, the New York state attorney general.
Intelligence report reveals Putin attempted election influence
A recently declassified report from the National Intelligence Council found that President Vladimir Putin of Russia authorized efforts to influence the 2020 election, according to The New York Times.
The report stated that members of the Russian state attempted to harm Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy through covert operations to influence close allies of former President Donald Trump.
These findings, coupled with a companion report from the Justice and Homeland Security Department, refuted Trump and his allies’ claims of widespread voter fraud and challenged claims of any wrongdoing by the Biden family in Ukraine.
The report also found that other countries, including Iran, attempted to influence the vote, while China decided to not interfere after consideration.
Intelligence officials did not specifically name any potential Trump allies that were influenced, nor any explanation to their conclusion of Russian involvement.
Shootings in Atlanta area leave eight dead
A string of shootings at three separate massage parlors in the Atlanta, Georgia area killed eight people yesterday, according to Reuters.
The first shooting happened in Cherokee County, north of downtown Atlanta, killing four victims and wounding one.
The subsequent two happened in Atlanta, both in massage parlors right across the street from each other.
Six of the eight victims were of Asian descent, prompting authorities to question if the shootings were racially motivated.
The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, was taken into custody roughly 150 miles south of Atlanta.
The FBI is currently assisting local law enforcement in the investigation.
Texas PUC Chairman Resigns
Public Utility Commission Chairman Arthur D’Andrea resigned Tuesday night after Gov. Abbot asked for him to step down, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The resignation comes just two weeks after D’Andrea was made chairman, in the wake of mass power grid failure due to winter storms across Texas.
The former chairman is stepping down after information surfaced on Tuesday regarding comments made in a March 9 phone call with Bank of America Securities.
In the call, D’Andrea admits to using the power of the commission to prevent the repricing of $16 billion in power charges across the state during the winter storm.
Gov. Abbot announced that he will be naming a replacement chairman in the coming days.