Video of former CNN host Chris Cuomo’s testimony to investigators, released Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office, appear to confirm the role Cuomo played in attempting to help his older brother as former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced allegations of misconduct.
Chris Cuomo’s testimony came in July, and transcripts of it were released in November, prompting CNN to fire him.
While the mainstream media once portrayed Chris Cuomo’s brother, Andrew, as a hero in the fight against COVID-19, they turned against him as more women accused him of sexual misconduct.
According to Fox News, “[Chris] Cuomo’s infamous interview with investigators proved he was active in seeking information about the women who were coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against his older brother, ousted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
“The videos match transcripts that proved the former CNN host would reach out to media industry connections in order to help his brother,” the outlet reported. “The videos, released in four parts, are part of what New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office called ‘the final set of videos, transcripts, and corresponding exhibits from the independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations’ against the former governor.”
So what, exactly, is in the nearly six hours of testimony released on Thursday?
For one thing, Cuomo acknowledged he tried to use his media industry connections to help his brother, even though he told CNN viewers in August, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
“When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Cuomo said in his July testimony.
“I was trying to help my brother,” he also said. “I advised him.”
At one point, Cuomo told investigators he had asked actor Alec Baldwin not to publicly defend Andrew Cuomo.
“I know Alec Baldwin, so does Andrew … I have a very good friend who is named here who said, ‘Alec wants to talk about cancel culture.’ I asked him to stay out of it,” he said, according to the New York Post.
“I didn’t think Alec Baldwin weighing in was helpful or respectful to the situation,” Chris Cuomo added. “And I was trying to help my brother, and it just didn’t seem that helpful to me.”