WASHINGTON?—?President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for?New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign?following a damning new report from the state attorney general's office that alleged Cuomo?sexually harassed 11 women including state employees in violation of state and federal laws.

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"I think he should resign," Biden said, sticking by his position from March when he said the Democratic governor?should resign if the AG investigation confirmed sexual harrassmentclaims made by multiple women.

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Biden did not say when asked?whether the New York state legislature should impeach Cuomo if he refused to step down. The president said he was sure some of Cuomo's embraces of women were "totally innocent" as the governor has claimed.

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"But apparently, the attorney general decided there were things that weren't," Biden said.

More: Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of law, AG report finds

The president's?statement is?the most devastating?yet politically for Cuomo, who for months has resisted calls that he resign from prominent New York Democrats as he seeks to finish his term. Cuomo is up for reelection in 2022.

Responding to?the?report in a 14-minute address, Cuomo remained defiant, making clear he plans to stay in office and denying the claims. The governor, who was not charged with any crimes,?vowed?to bring in a sexual assault expert to train his staff.?

"The facts are much different than what has been portrayed," Cuomo said. "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 have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am. And that's not at all who I have ever been."


Video: 'I think he should resign': Biden addresses sexual misconduct findings regarding Gov. Cuomo (USA TODAY)

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At one point, Cuomo highlighted a photo montage that showed him kissing, hugging and embracing famous politicians and co-workers to push back at claims he inappropriately kissed a worker on her forehead.

"I do it with everyone," Cuomo said.?"I do banter with people. I do tell jokes – some better than others"?

Even before the investigation got underway, the majority of New York's congressional delegation, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.,?called for Cuomo to resign after allegations first surfaced publicly. Calls for him to resign renewed after the release of the report.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, looks on, then-Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Cuomo and Biden were helping to announce and break ground on major infrastructure improvements at the airport. © Seth Wenig, AP While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, looks on, then-Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Cuomo and Biden were helping to announce and break ground on major infrastructure improvements at the airport.

"No elected official is above the law," the senators said Tuesday. "The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor's office. We continue to believe that the governor should resign."

"We commend the brave women who came forward and spoke truth to power," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said in a statement. "The time has come for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and resign."

More: President Joe Biden finds allegations about Gov. Andrew Cuomo 'hard to read,' White House says

The report?– which includes some?previously unreported allegations?–?contends Cuomo and his senior staff retaliated against at least one former employee, fostered a toxic workplace that enabled the?harassment to occur?and created a hostile work environment.

"I believe these women," New York Attorney General Letitia James said, calling the claims "substantiated" and "corroborated" but saying it is up to Cuomo whether he resigns.?"That decision is ultimately up to the governor of the state of New York."

In recent weeks, Cuomo had questioned the independence of the investigators. And his office has suggested James, a fellow Democrat, is interested in a run for governor herself, something James has not said publicly.

Contributing: Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell. Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'I think he should resign': Biden calls for NY Gov. Cuomo to step down after sexual misconduct allegations

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