New details on Chris Cuomo's advising Gov. Andrew Cuomo on harassment scandal

The attorney general's report on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes communications from his brother, Chris.

8/4/2021 3:31:00 AM

New details emerge about how CNN anchor Chris Cuomo advised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid sex harassment inquiry.

The attorney general's report on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes communications from his brother, Chris.

wrote,"I don't love that part but Chris/Andrew wanted in" and"Chris wants to make sure we have enough contrition in here." Smith did not definitively identify"Chris" as being Chris Cuomo, but the messages align with other suggestions he is reported to have made about messaging.

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Chris Cuomo was copied into a series of Feb. 27 emails from Gov. Cuomo's communications director, Peter Ajemian, and his chief of staff, Josh Vlasto, to other top aides mapping how they should delicately handleallegations by Charlotte Bennett. They seemed to agree that the best strategy would be to praise Bennett as a"hardworking and valued member of our team" while denying her allegations.

It also appeared that Chris Cuomo played a role in writing the overall response Gov. Cuomo issued on Feb. 28 as the sexual harassment allegationsreached an apex.In an email at 3:20 p.m. ET on Feb. 28, Vlasto replied to an email from Chris Cuomo that included language that would largely make up a statement issued later by the governor.

"Questions have been raised about some of my personal interactions with people in my office," the statement attributed to Chris Cuomo's email said."I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends. I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm."

The email continued that"sometimes I am playful and make jokes," adding:"You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. My only desire is to add some levity and banter to what is very serious business."Later that day, Andrew Cuomo

on the governor's official website.The statement, time-stamped 5:45 p.m. ET, mirrored, nearly word for word, the email attributed to Chris Cuomo.The governor's statement, which was picked up by several news outlets within minutes, said:"Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office. I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.

"At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private," the statement continued."You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business."

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Representatives for Chris Cuomo could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.A CNN spokeswoman declined to comment on James' report Tuesday and repeated earlier network statements saying Chris Cuomo did not affect coverage of his brother.Kathleen Culver, director of the

Center for Journalism Ethicsat the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said she has some sympathy for Chris Cuomo and his desire to help his brother."As hard as it is to see your brother mired in controversy, your obligation as a journalist is to the public you serve," she said."If it's true that Chris Cuomo drafted the statement later put out by the governor's office or he encouraged an approach that emphasized contrition, his involvement was deeper than what he disclosed to viewers in May. That moves far beyond being 'looped in to phone calls' with staff members. It's playing an active role in shaping the narrative of the controversy."

And even if Chris Cuomo did not pressure anyone at his network to change coverage of his brother, the appearance of a conflict of interest can be damaging, Culver said."These sorts of cases have the power to directly affect the public's trust in all news outlets, not just Chris Cuomo and CNN," Culver said."Once that bond is damaged or broken, it's hard to rebuild."

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Can CNN interview any of Cuomo's alleged victims- if I was a victim would I agree to be interviewed by CNN? This is part of the reason I dont watch Fox News-- 2 many entanglements with the former President. It’s his brother… anyone would do likewise Was he on air pitching his brother’s side of the story? Was he in production meetings advocating for his brother? Was he using his position at CNN to minimize coverage? Unless there’s proof of that, which would be no surprise from CNN anyway, doesn’t seem like much.

Who gives a s—t about his brother. The governor has to resign. I feel sorry for his wife. Haven’t New Yorkers had enough of Clan Cuomo yet? How convenient that these new details have emerged. Doing Trumps bidding as usual. I’m not defending Gov Cuomo, but Chris did nothing wrong. He was simply trying to be there for his brother. It’s what family does.

So , he's legally not allowed to help his brother? And shouldn't be allowed to keep his job at CNN because he did? Is this the deal? Serious question deray He is his brother for goodness sake. They are brothers Pigs.

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His contributions seem to be: 1. Told his brother to be contrite 2. Told his brother not to attack the accuser. Did he direct CNN's coverage of the alleged assaults/harassment? Doesn't appear to from the coverage I've seen. Lot of folks being willfully ignorant on how this goes against ethics and is an enormous conflict of interest.

Wow biased propoganda network, they are brothers first above anything else! He is his brother. Leave it. deray Get rid of both of these guys and let’s move on? I can’t say this enough, but who cares? deray And the news is what? Thats his brother what do you expect?

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So, now you’re going after the entire family? FFS, they’re brothers. This is so below the whole NBC organization. Would you not help a family member? He didn't use his show nor did CNN cross any lines of integrity. Your bashing him because he's competition is more unethical than anything that he did.

Brothers talked about one of their problems? Get ready to win some journalism awards Breaking news: Chris and Andrew are brothers! It’s his freaking brother for Pete’s sake! And this is news? Wouldn’t your brother who is a Lawyer advise you on legal issues ? A year ago NBC wouldnt even acknowledge him sending seniors to die or the sexual assault allegations, or Chris Cuomo violating a quarantine, what happened?

Andrew needs to go, obviously. Chris, on the other hand, was simply advising his brother. Jeekers, why is that a thing No surprise “ Blood is thicker than water…”

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They are brothers. I dont see how this is bad? Why is giving a family member advice an issue? It’s really none of our business. Tabloid garbage isn’t necessarily News It is his brother , settle down. Media and politics go hand in hand Let’s get real! We must support family supporting family. This moneymaking drama can be preempted by writing & ratifying a new US Constitution based on universal human rights. The current one promotes & protects crooks like those who wrote it.

Can’t stand Chris Cuomo, but it is his big brother. It’s no ones business what they discuss in private. ChrisCuomo ICYMI You've admitted to the challenges of journalism given the quality of the viewer being on par with the electorate, perhaps consulting is not the forte for you Chris that also running for higher office might behoove one.

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The darlings of the left. I pine for old school liberalism Brothers! New? They both need to go. Why does it matter that Chris Cuomo's name be anteceded with CNN anchor? What value does it bring to the conversation? Chris Cuomo is a lawyer and his brother needed advice from his own brother. Is that at all hard to understand? Regardless of the merits here.

They're brothers, ffs. Chris should have taken or should take a leave of absence. And so the toppling of the revolutionary begins just like in all communist dictatorships. The revolutionary is only needed until the power is attained . Kids don’t buy into communism or this will be you . We already know Cuomo's brother was helping him. I bet his priest(or does he call him his father) was helping him too.

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STAY out of this. THEY ARE BROTHERS. WHERE WAS THE OUTCRY ABOUT TRUMP, HIS KIDS AND TOADIES Stale. Bet you,Gaetz father advise Matty….. It’s his BROTHER and Chris is a lawyer. Come on, do better Brothers are allowed to talk to each other. outlets don't have a bias. They get clicks and views by pissing people off. No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on.

Roll the tape 👇👇👇 Two Cuomo sexual CNN should fire or make ChrisCuomo resign given his interviews with his brother last year and with the latest revelations of abuse he is in an obvious conflict of interest and should be replaced by CNN new hire kasie 'dO bEtteR!!!' Disappointing

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So what? Dirtbags! Please STOP destroying 2 brothers at the same time. Governor Cuomo I believe should resign & deal with his sexual harassment issues but Chris Cuomo should not be castigated for his brother's indiscretions. If he advised his brother remember Chris is a lawyer & it is his bro They are brothers! Where is the crime?

Cuomo was into sexual pain. I'm sure he is not alone. Everyone around him must be involved So it's now against the law for a sibling to advise his brother? Omg we are so shocked that a man advised HIS BROTHER so some issue 😒😒 Fredo! You’re still my brother!🤣 Nothing new here. Chris already admitted he had these discussions with his brother, apologized on air, and has stayed clear of it since. Must be a slow news night to cover this nothing-burger.

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CUOMO TO CUOMO: GO BRO. Old news next... What's a big deal? They are brothers! Wait, wait, wait. You mean to tell me ChrisCuomo manipulates words to make the readers or listeners believe his BS? Nope, don’t believe it. I don’t care if they are brothers. Especially when one is a predator 😡 New?

That is his brother, and that is what brothers do! Chris is an attorney and he should have his brothers back. Que the leftys making every excuse imaginable for this … CNN needs to remove him ChrisCuomo Old news. This came out when the allegations first surfaced. ChrisCuomo So what? Wouldn't you support your sibling that you're close to? You're not turning NYers against Cuomo and I hope he doesn't resign!!

Sticknstones4 Omg! His brother gave him advice on how to handle the situation? Crazy, who would have thought... Oh geez. It's his brother. What do you expect from him?

The Democrats have no problem destroying their own people about sexual harassment but tolerating the Republican sex predators and seem to be OK with them figure this one out makes as much sense as my ass FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FREDO! Wtf that’s his brother it’s not some random person who works for CNN

So what Brothers talking does not = news Two disgusting men. I think that's not unusual for siblings to do no big deal that a brother was helping another brother. Look, Trump hired his daughter and son-in-law as his advisors. I don’t see anyone having a fit about that for 4 years! Isn't there anything more pressing going on in the world? You do know that there are other countries out there don't you or are they now only covered by FSTV? Rhetorical question.

it's clear they didn't listen closely enough to their old man Cuomos need to own their responsibility and should be accountable for their wrong doings. Andrew to resign, Chris to take a temp leave till all dust is settled. Well they are brothers. Family comes into play. Give a chance. Just because his brother is an asshole doesn't mean Chris is.

So its now bad or unethical for BROTHERS to discuss issues affecting their lives? MSNBC your attempt to offer fair news is a bit skewed. This is why Michael never asked Fredo for advice. Its interesting that the leftwing/DNC media is even covering this, instead of pretending its not happening. What's the game here?

Hey There is a story here without doing this. It’s beneath you…don’t.