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it is good to be with you. i'm jeff bennett. as we come on the air, we're following major breaking news out of new york where an investigation has concluded that governor andrew cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. investigators deputized by new york attorney general leticia james found cuomo violated state and federal laws by sexually harassing employees and that his officer retaliated against at least one former employee for going public with her allegations. the report also found that cuomo and his aides fostered a toxic
work culture cultivated by a climate of intimidation and fear. >> andrew cuomo sexually harassed current and former new york state employees by engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making comments. >> the pattern was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other state employees, including a state trooper who served on his protective detail. there are 11 complaintants whose allegations are set forth in great detail in the report. >> the governor hugged executive assistant number one and reached under her blouse to grab her breast. this was the culmination of a
pattern of inappropriate sexual conduct including numerous close and intimate hugs. the governor also several times inappropriately touched a state trooper assigned to the unit to protect the governor. in an elevator while standing behind the trooper, he ran his finger from her neck down her spine and said, hey you. another time she was standing holding a door open for the governor. as he passed, he took his open hand and ran it across her stomach from her belly button to her gun. >> the executive chamber's culture of fear and flirtation, intimidation and intimacy, abuse and affection created a work environment ripe for harassment. >> today's announcement follows a report by the "new york times" that cuomo sat for 11 hours of questioning last month with the
two prosecutors leading this investigation, an investigation that cuomo himself called for back in the spring as these allegations first unfolded. now, cuomo, who is in his third term, has denied touching anyone inappropriately, by has acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that made people feel uncomfortable. the government vehemently denied the allegations. >> i want you to know directly from me that i never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. i am 63 years old. i've lived my entire adult life in public view. that is just not who i am. >> joining us now are nbc news investigations correspondent tom winter, nbc news correspondent rehema ellis and new england law boston professor wendy murphy.
what are the main take-aways in this report? in all, you've got 179 witnesses who were consulted for this investigation, which speaks to corroboration for some of these allegations. >> on top of that 41 of those interviews were conducted under oath. they reviewed 74,000 documents after 70 subpoenas were issued and 280 tips were received from the public. yes, corroboration here, i think, is key. the new york state trooper allegations are particularly concerning on a couple of different levels. first off, they're corroborated by other new york state troopers that were part of the detail. we understand a little bit more about this episode in that the rules for when somebody can join the protective detail as a member of the new york state police, the governor's protective detail, were actually changed in this instance so
somebody with three years of experience instead of the requisite four could join the governor's protective detail. the victim in this instance only had three years on the job. when confronted about this by the albany times union, the governor's office, according to the report, lied about it and actually pressed back and suggested sexism when making their reporting request. it's kind of a microcosm of what's laid out in the report, which is that harassment would occur, unwanted touching might occur depending on the victim that came forward. there's 11 total here. they were able to corroborate that with either photos in one instance in a photo that was printed on the front cover of the "new york times," but they were also able to corroborate it with other people the victims spoke to at the time including screen grabs of text messages in
here of what one of the women described of what the governor was saying to her and some of the things he was asking her about. the report is very detailed. it also goes into the legal reasoning why they can say the governor's office retaliated, buttresses their points with respect to what's referred to as law and precedent in sexual harassment cases. it appears to be quite thorough. the governor countered it and showed something. i think it's important for the viewers to know the pictures inserted into the governor's statement were inserted by his office, not by this network. in that discussion he said, well, i always kiss people or hug them or comfort them, he referred to pictures he took with his parents. there's a big difference between kissing a parent and someone you meet at a wedding and you walk up to them and put your hands on
their face and say "can i kiss you." this is a civil investigation. there's no indication and the attorney general office has said they're not moving forward criminally. it's up to whether a police department in this case wants to look at this criminally. this report has only within out there for several hours. >> governor cuomo continues to deny these allegations. there was that taped statement we saw last hour. that was a controlled, choreographed response. what's the governor's defense? >> the governor is basically saying that he denies doing anything that was inappropriate. there was never his intention. but he says his behavior is learned behavior. he says what he learned from his parents, what he learned from his mother and from his father,
who himself, the late mario cuomo was also a governor of new york. governor andrew cuomo says, frankly, a generational or cultural different he hadn't fully appreciated. >> today we are living in a super heated, if not toxic, political environment. that shouldn't be lost on anyone. politics and bias are interwoven throughout every aspect of this situation. one would be naive to think otherwise. and new yorkers are not naive. >> it's interesting that in this statement from the governor, as
you point out it was prerecorded, the governor makes no intention that he will resign or in any way step away from the office. but he does say in one instance where he was accused of having a conversation with one of his staffers who were a survival of sexual assault, he says he did have a conversation with her because he has a family member who was a survivor of sexual assault. he says he thought he could help, but quote, her says, i was wrong. >> wendy murphy, i want to get your take-aways on this report. when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, what is the standard of proof? >> well, i want to be clear that
although there is a lot of corroboration in this case, corroboration is not required. we all need to know that. the word of one woman is sufficient. so anyone who's watching who's just one woman who's experienced any kind of offensive behavior, you can come forward, you don't need corroboration, period. it does make the case stronger to have corroboration. but it was important to hear the attorney general talk about this as a civil rights issue, because that's the law that applies. civil rights laws under both federal and state statute cover circumstances when women suffer sex-based harm. that's sex based on gender but also sex based on sexual things, sexual body parts. this report describes both types. when you go to court about these kinds of things, it's actually not very difficult to prove. fundamentally you just have to show you suffered harm because
of your sex or based on sex, in other words, that it was sexual in nature. as long as you can show that it was unwanted and it happened to you in connection with the workplace, it is a civil rights violation and you can sue about it. you do have to show that in order to successfully recover damages -- let me distinguish now. to win money damages in court, you have to show that the behavior was severe or pervasive. this report shows that what andrew cuomo did to these women was both. you don't need to prove both. severe is enough, pervasive is enough, meaning if it happened repeatedly. but this report is replete with proof that some of what he did was severe in terms of the breast touching, touching of other body parts and unwanted
kiss. an unwanted kiss is a crime. it's a sexual assault just like a touching of the breast. those are considered severe instances. if it only happened once, that's enough to win in court. pervasive means it happens over and over again, either against one woman or multiple women, because that's when you create the hostile environment. really that's what the report speaks to. this wasn't just an offense against one women. there were 11 women and this behavior permeated the environment of the workplace, making it clear to everyone who worked under cuomo that harm to women, sexual offenses, sex-based language, offensive crude remarks and behavior was acceptable and anyone who dared speak out about it would be punished, which is its own form of lawsuit. if you suffer retaliation for coming forward, even if it wasn't harassment that you
suffered initially, if you report something, anything, even if it does rise to the level of severe or pervasive and then you suffer retaliation, this is a really strong lawsuit. in my view, it's also a report that demonstrates the criminal behavior of andrew cuomo. i hope and expect the prosecutors in new york who have the jurisdiction to address those instances take this report seriously and file criminal charges. if he won't resign, be he's not going to be impeached, let him go to jail. >> one of the reasons i responded in the affirmative is because i was about to ask you about that very thing. we're getting the first statements from one of the women who accused the governor of harassment, charlotte bennett, who spoke to cbs in march.
let's remind viewers of what she had to say back then, and then i'll read the statement from her lawyer after that. >> i think abusers look for vulnerabilities, previous traumas, the idea that maybe i'm more willing to accept the behavior, because i have a history of sexual violence. perhaps i'm not as confident in myself, because of my history. >> you think he knew that? >> yeah. >> you think he was grooming you? >> yeah. >> so charlotte bennett's lawyer released a statement calling for comb to resign. she also said, the governor's actions have deprived new yorkers of the professionalism, passion and dedication to their state that charlotte and the many others who refused to submit to his advances have to offer. you could set aside this specific case and talk generally about just that very thing, the
culture, the workplace culture that results from this alleged harassment. >> yeah. and what a powerful statement she made, because it really is -- the toxic environment is hard to put down in black and white when you're talking about it as a woman. and i worked in toxic environments myself. you're talking about an atmosphere that is has a chilling effect on your capacity to be an effective employee. it's sort of terroristic in nature in the way that it inhibits you from being your best. these are injuries that all women suffer when the environment gets bad. you don't have to be a direct victim of a hand on the rear end or even offensive language to know their place when you work in an environment like that. i think all women have to understand that when a single woman is offended, that hurts
all women. that's why it's called a civil rights violation. when a single woman is offended, it also hurts the integrity of your workplace, your organization or your entire state. new york as a state suffers the sting and the ugliness of their leader saying this is acceptable. his remarks in the aftermath, wow. i mean, takes hubris to a new level. i don't even think arrogance comes close. i want to use the word psychopath. who in a position of being the leader of a state facing these overwhelming allegations from 11 women has the nerve to call them all liars? all of them? i'm an italian person too. i have italian blood. i want to be very clear, there is nothing italian about grabbing a woman's breast, there
is nothing italian about kissing someone who doesn't want to be kissed. i take such offense at his defense to this. i hope and expect that in part because of his arrogant, really criminal response -- i mean, what he said was so offensive that these women give real victims a bad name. i want to just throw my shoe at the television. that alone is grounds for impeachment. if the general assembly cannot get it together to get this guy out of office, then good luck to the democratic party. that's all i have to say. he does not belong in any party, period. >> former federal prosecutor wendy murphy, rehema ellis and tom winter, thank you. she's a communications consultant and was press
secretary for andrew cuomo. he says cuomo hugged her in an unethical and intimate embrace in a california hotel room 21 years ago. did what you read in this report line up with what you experienced? >> well, this report describes the andrew cuomo i've known for decades. based on this report, the assembly can and should impeach today. i'm completely with miss murphy on everything she just said because i've experienced it too. i'm much older than the 11 women who have come forth and spoken up about their experiences, so i applaud them for doing so. it took a lot of courage. i know because i didn't do it. i didn't come up and talk about it until recently. when you create that kind of
toxic environment that ms. murphy just described, it does withhold you and prevent you from speaking up. it silenced you. and that needs to change. >> what can you tell us about your interviews with the attorney general's office? >> the interview was very interesting to me because they really talked about a pattern of abuse and sexual harassment. and i think that matters, because i saw it in 1995 through 2000 when i worked for him. and then it just continued on as he became governor of new york. it didn't stop. so talking to me, asking me about what i saw back in the housing department, what i think was very telling and important in terms of developing a case
against him. >> go ahead. >> i certainly knew other women, not just myself, but other women at the department of housing and urban development who went through the same kind of harassment and abuse that these other 11 women have described. one woman i knew who wasn't hired simply because she wasn't good looking enough, she wasn't attractive. andrew cuomo told me that. i sat through the interview and he said i'm not going to hire her because she's not pretty enough. there are other women who he flirted with and tried to basically keep in the fold of politics so that he could make sure they did exactly what he asked for and they followed through on their rules and regulations that he had set up. so it was just this toxic environment that he created that actually enabled other men who
work at hud to do the same thing. >> i'm so st sorry to cut you o. >> does the president believe andrew cuomo should resign? >> the president said he is going to speak to this later this afternoon and share his views. i'm not going to get ahead of his comments. >> have there been conversations between the governor's office and the white house? >> no. >> did the president watch the video earlier? >> again, the president will give his own reaction to, of course, the announcement this morning and give his own view later this afternoon. >> there was a shooting today earlier at the pentagon. it appears a law enforcement officer was stabbed to death. what can you share? >> we have dipped into the white house press briefing. you saw jen psaki asked about the president's response to the
new report from the new york attorney general's office related to allegations of sexual harassment on the part of andrew cuomo. she said the president will have a response later this afternoon. back in march, president biden was asked directly about this by george stephanopoulos. should he resign was the question posed to president biden. assuming this report would end up the way that it did, the president said, yes, i think he'd probably end up being prosecuted too. i want to go back to karen hinton, who i hope is still with us. are you there? i was going to apologize for inelegantly cutting you off when we went to the white house press briefing. have you had times to think about the ways in which your personal life and career had been affected by the harassment you say you experienced under andrew cuomo? >> i've been a woman in politics
for 45 years. at some point i came to call all of this toxic environment, not just in andrew cuomo's office but in other officers and even from the time i was a teenager until today something that i call penis politics, which is just this never ending abuse of power over women in the workplace, but also in the classroom, in colleges, women who work in grocery stores, women who work at law firms, women who work in restaurants, women across the country experience this kind of sexual harassment. i think it's very important that this report be taken seriously, because what i know from my research into sexual harassment, it rarely is treated as a criminal offense, mostly as a civil rights offense.
how else could this be treated? this was a criminal offense. so i'm very much supportive of any district attorney or local prosecutor who will take this report and use it and file criminal offenses. >> karen hinton, i appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you. still ahead, summer surge. at least 42 states are seeing covid rates spike over 100% in the last few weeks. s spike overn the last few weeks fears the january 6th riot has fuelled a mental health crisis among officers who responded to the attack. office responded to the attack.
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vaccine. we'll take you live to the white house next hour, where president biden will announce the u.s. has donated more than 100 million covid shots around the world. >> this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. we need everyone to get vaccinated in this pandemic. >> with us now is nbc's kerry sanders in ft. laulauderdale, florida. you've been speaking with doctors and nurses who have been dealing with the influx in covid patients. what are they saying? >> reporter: one of the things we've wondered are what are the latest numbers. florida governor ron desantis has decided that the dashboard that many states have doesn't need to be released to the public on a daily or hourly basis. rather, it's once a week.
we've turned to the florida hospital association to give us their count. i just got an e-mail moments ago that says as of today and including yesterday's numbers there are now 17,001 new covid cases in the state, which is another record. you can see behind me some of this orange that's up. this is a portion of the hospital that is yet under construction. inside, you can see this is an area that was supposed to be a surgical center. it was set up for that purpose, but now because of the overwhelming number of covid cases, they've set aside this area for the overflow of covid patients they see arriving as a result of the fast spreading delta variant. one of the things doctors tell us is as folks are arriving, 92% of them in the memorial system are not vaccinated.
you hear stories that some people say, well, no matter what, i'm glad i didn't get vaccinated. those apparently are just stories. listen to the doctor. >> no one who's about to die is going to say ever "i made the right choice, i'm good with dying with covid." no one ever says that. i always want to remind people that the key is not to take chances with this virus. >> reporter: there's a real sense of urgency in the state and perhaps the most disturbing is in orange county. that's orlando. they actually monitor the waste water stream for coronavirus. it's an inactive coronavirus but it's a very strong indicator of what is to come about ten days down the road. right now it is at the highest levels they have ever seen. it is spiking almost off the charts. they know as this goes that that raw data is solidly telling them
in ten days the crisis will only get worse. >> commissioner freed, let's pick up there. what's your take-away about what's to come? you were district in a tweet this morning. you wrote that our children are reaping what the unvaccinated and uncaring have sown. why are do you think so many floridians aren't vaccinated? >> at the. front end of this pandemic even when the vaccines came out, we targeted our seniors. since then we've had no messaging here in the state of florida from this governor about getting the vaccine. we do not have popup locations. there isn't daily reporting of our covid cases, which is something that i have been urging our governor to put back online. i've asked him to do a state of emergency. unfortunately there's been a void in leadership in this state. we have taken that mantle and had daily reporting numbers as
they become available from the cdc. we are still lagging behind on information to the people. until the time that we change the messaging here in this state that the severity of what is happening with this delta variant, we know it is increasing as far as transmission. so we have to be taking this seriously. until the time that our governor steps up to the plate and does right by the people of our state and tell them how severe this is, encouraging people to get the vaccine -- i am running for governor of the state of florida, but i never expected to start the job now. we're doing the governor's job for him because he is absent. >> the governor is barring school districts from imposing mask mandates. today he was asked about cases in florida involving six children who are hospitalized
with this inflammatory illness. >> you're blaming the kids because they weren't wearing masks and so they're in the icu. with all due respect, i find it deplorable to blame a victim who ends up being hospitalized. you don't know that story. >> but yesterday you said you also don't support mask mandates. why not? is that based on science? it's certainly not based on the science. >> i don't support a mask mandate for the entire state. last year we didn't have the vaccine. we need to shift the conversation and not talk about mask mandates. we need to be doing everything we can to encourage people to get the vaccine. i'm hearing from parents all across our state as we're about to start school in the next couple of weeks that are scared. having to make some really tough
positions because he's taken away the power from our local districts and school boards from putting in place a mask mandate. i believe any child under 12 years old should be wearing masks. our loyal school boards should be given the power to make the decision. we know each school district is very different depending where the kids are coming from. every school district needs to be working with the parents to make those decisions. the governor has threatened to take away their funding if they don't listen to him. he's holding back $15 billion that should be going to our school districts to allow them to do other things like social distancing in the classroom, hand sanitizers, making sure we're sanitizing the classrooms in between school days. he's not even giving them the resources to protect our kids in the classroom.
he's being extremely irresponsible and is not doing everything possible to protect our families and our communities. so i am asking the people of our state take this seriously, please get the vaccine, please mask up indoors. for parents out there, if it's not for your kids, do it for the families living next door to you who may have a kid who has an immune compromised condition. our governor is spreading a lot of misinformation and should be takings an opportunity to educate the people of our state and give them daily numbers of where we are with this pandemic. coming up next, since the attack on the capitol, four officers have died by divide. we'll have new reaction from the white house next. we'll have new reaction from the white house next americans struggle to get reliable transportation to their medical appointments.
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i want to take a moment to recognize the passing of metro police officers who bravely defended the capitol on january 6th. their deaths are a sad reminder of that shameful day in our country's history. >> that was white house press secretary jen psaki moments ago responding to news that two washington, d.c. police officers who responded to the january riot have died by suicide. since the mob descended on the capitol building almost seven months ago, four officers who defended the building and members of congress that day have died by suicide. officer guenther hashida would
have turned 44 years old on thursday. and officer kyle defradic was a veteran of the force for five years and he was just 26 years old. joining us is ken delanian. what resources have been made available to these first responders from the january 6th capitol riot? the reason i asked the question is one of the things we heard from those four officers who testified before that first hearing of the january 6th committee was they needed more mental health services, they needed more paid leave for time away to process what they went through. >> that's a great question. the rate of suicide among police officers is higher than the general population. d.c. police have not said whether they believe these latest cases were related to the capitol riot. officers have said that police
who fought on january 6th suffered mental as well as health issues. officer michael fanone said he has ptsd. all four officers made it clear they are still dealing with mental trauma. they said they have access to counselling but we don't know the extent of the treatment they're being provided. >> we know mpd is understaffed. capitol police is understaffed as well. help us understand the personnel challenges these two departments face. >> i would say the capitol police department in particular is facing a profound challenge. the union has said that more than 70 officers have left the force since the insurrection and that morale is low in the ranks. until recently they were led by
an acting chief accused in a senate report of downplaying intelligence regarding january 6th. they're facing what police departments are facing nationally. violent crime is skyrocketing. more people died of homicide in d.c. last month than covid. they're trying to police in an environment made more difficult by the pandemic and by the george floyd murder. some members of the d.c. security council are trying to cut the budget and block plans to hire new police officers. police officers in d.c. and across the country are facing an extremely tough situation right now. >> thank you so much for that important context. my next guest has been helping law enforcement officers process the trauma of what they experienced during the attack on the capitol. he's also helped congressman dan kildee who's been very public
about the post-traumatic stress he experienced as a result of that day. with us is jim gordon, the author of "transforming trauma, the past to hope and healing." it's great to have you with us. >> good to be with you. >> i know you can't get into the specifics because of privacy issues, but generally speaking when you talk to law enforcement officers who responded to the january 6th attack, what do they tell you? what are they grappling with? . i think it's pretty universal that everybody who was there on january 6th, whether they were capitol police or metropolitan d.c. police is continuing to feel after effects of that event, of the riot, feeling post-traumatic stress. i'm not talking about a psychiatric diagnosis. i'm talking about symptoms that
come after we experience a trauma that are widely present, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memories, flashbacks of what happened, sometimes nightmares, sometimes difficulties relating to other people and a kind of distancing from other people. that's pretty much across the board with officers who were there and with officers who weren't there who feel bad they weren't there. when they see the videos of what happened to their colleagues, that's very distressing to them. so the distress continues. it's there psychologically, it's there in their physiology. it needs to be addressed. first of all, it needs to be understood, the consequences of an event like that. their difficulties need to be addressed, but not as a psychiatric disorder, not as a medical problem by and large.
this is public health. everybody was affected, everybody who was there was affected. >> you've worked with trauma patients who have fled war zones, seen combat, survived mass shootings. are there any similarities you've seen of those police officers and capitol hill staffers who were in that building on january 6th? >> there are similarities and some differences. the similarities are the symptoms continue just as they are continuing here. the closer you are to the event the more prolonged the continuation is. the other thing that's similar -- and i'm glad you asked this question -- is the feeling often enough in war zones and with climate related
disasters that civilians have and sometimes combatants too that they're totally helpless, that there was nothing they could do and they feel terrible about that. and that's something that's continuing certainly for the officers and to some degree for the members of congress and congressional staff. another thing, though, that has come up that does not come up very often in those situations is a sense of having been the failure of the system, the failure of planning, the failure of the sort of support and understanding and the intelligence ahead of time that things that should have been known, should have been done, weren't done. and then also that sense of betrayal of officers encouraging the rioters.
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else is a predator. it didn't matter who you were as a woman. you worked for him. you met him at an event. you saw him at a wedding. he felt it was okay to say inappropriate things and touch you in inappropriate ways. this governor should not serve a single other day. >> that was former congresswoman donna edwards reacting to the release of the daming new york attorney general report on allegations of sexual harassment by andrew cuomo. and there is more breaking news on that front. the new york da's office says it has an on going criminal investigation into governor cuomo's conduct and will be requesting materials from the attorney general's office. back with us now is our justice dpont. we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. the fact that the albany county da is even requesting information is significant. it's a remunder that governor could and did he with you should
underline, could face consequences here beyond the political ones. >> absolutely. as donna was mentioning, the governor should resign. there is a growing barrage of other prominent state democrats here in new york as well as those from other places who are also saying governor cuomo should step away from his position. but at this moment, there is no indication that the governor is making any effort to move in that direction. in fact, if anything, the governor is attempting to explain his actions saying in part if he did something that was perceived as unappropriate, that was not the intention. or in one instance, where there is an accuser who says that the governor put his hand under his -- under her blouse and groped her, the governor flatly says that didn't happen. even he's dismissing the actions of something he says is generational and culturally mus
misunderstood or denying it happened at all. >> if the governor does resign or forced out, lieutenant governor kathy holkul would become governor. what can you tell us about her? >> it's a name that is not a household name here in new york particularly down state in the new york area. but she has been the lieutenant governor since 2015. she is 62 years old. she is also from a political family up in upstate new york and the buffalo area. she's a former congresswoman representing her area in the united states house of representatives. and i can tell you this. if governor cuomo does step down, she would be the first woman to be governor of new york state. >> how is this really resonating with folks there in new york? not just the report but everything leading up to it? i remember governor cuomo had a press conference in new york city some time ago and his chief defender was the former congressman charlie rangel who lots of folks in new york know. he is in his 90s now. basically saying this entire thing is a witchunt.
do democratic voters that you talked to based on your reporting, do democratic voters care really about these allegations? >> i think that there are democratic voters do care about the allegations. but whether or not that's going to lead to the governor stepping down or whether it will lead to the governor not running for preerection, you know, he's been governor now for ten years. and he's up for re-election in a couple years, 2023. but he's make nothing indications about what he would do. he said again that there is a lot of hard work to be done in it this state. he has every intention of doing it. he does not back away from anything. he says if anything, his attorney has put out information defending the governor in terms of his behaving, kissing, touching, remarks he makes which are intended to make people feel comfortable and put them at ease. other people see them completely different from that. but they put out some pictures
saying that governor is not alone in this kind of behavior of touching and kissing people. he showed pictures of on the statement he showed pictures of former president barack obama and even current president joe biden doing something similar. and defending the governor's actions in that regard. >> yeah. governor cuomo is gearing up for a fight undeed. great to you have and all of your brilliant reporting. thank you. that will do it for us this hour. ayman mohyeldin picks up our coverage. and there is a lot of it. coming up after the break. lot t coming up after the break. of, sgt. houston. thank you. that was fast! one call to usaa got her a tow, her claim paid... ...and even her grandpa's dog tags back. get a quote. my auntie called me. she said uncle's had a heart attack. i needed him to be here. your heart isn't just yours. protect it with bayer aspirin. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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good afternoon, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin. happening this afternoon, the political fallout continues for new york governor andrew cuomo. after new york's attorney general alleged that cuomo broke both federal and state laws after reviewing multiple claims of sexual harassment from 11 women. >> what this investigation revealed is a disturbing pattern of conduct by the governor of great state of new york. i believe women and i believe these 11 women. >> he denied a tau
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