“The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” a NCS spokesperson stated Tuesday night. “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” the spokesperson continued. “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,” the spokesperson added. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Anderson Cooper will anchor the 9 p.m. slot on Tuesday, the NCS spokesperson stated.
The suspension got here after important criticism from individuals who famous that Chris Cuomo had violated extensively accepted journalistic norms. Inside NCS, staffers expressed dismay on the anchor’s conduct.
The paperwork launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James included textual content messages and transcripts of interviews with investigators who led the probe into allegations in opposition to the governor.
The cache of paperwork included textual content messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a then-top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that recommended he was instrumental in working to craft a protection in opposition to a flood of sexual misconduct allegations.
The textual content messages additionally revealed that Chris Cuomo sought to make use of his connections within the press to assist put together the then-governor’s staff as accusers began to make their tales public.
Chris Cuomo additionally acknowledged to investigators that he did try and be taught extra a couple of story by journalist Ronan Farrow. The anchor defended the observe as typical.
“The idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual,” he stated.
When Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor in August, Chris Cuomo instructed NCS viewers that he was “not an advisor,” however “a brother.” He acknowledged that he talked together with his brother’s aides and gave his “take” till NCS instructed him to cease doing so in May.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” anchor additionally stated on the air in August, “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
Monday’s revelations forged some doubt on his assertion about his interactions with the press.
“I would — when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris Cuomo stated throughout testimony.
Chris Cuomo additionally stated beneath oath what he instructed NCS viewers earlier this yr: That he “never influenced or attempted to control NCS’s coverage of my family.”
During the questioning, he reiterated that sentiment, saying, “If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at NCS or anywhere else, I guarantee you people would know, and so would a lot of others.”
In its May assertion, NCS had stated, “Chris has not been involved in NCS’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes.” The community’s assertion added, “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother. However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”
The anchor on the time additionally took to his present to say that he’s “family first and job second” and apologized for the way he helped 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. “I never intended for that I would never intend for that and I am sorry for that.”
While a report on the sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Andrew Cuomo was launched in August, James’ workplace continues with a separate investigation into allegations he misused state sources for the event, manufacturing and promotion of a e-book he wrote on the pandemic.
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Andrew Cuomo, referred to as the most recent launch of transcripts, paperwork and movies a “manipulated release.”
“New Yorkers are no one’s fool and James and her colleagues’ obvious misuse of government resources to damage political opponents is as obvious and repugnant as it is unethical and illegal,” Azzopardi stated in an announcement.
NCS’s Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.