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Kamala Harris ignores question on Gov. Cuomo sexual harassment allegations

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While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris ignored a question regarding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s alleged sexual harassment scandal.

Harris spoke to reporters after the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan was passed by the House of Representatives. At the end of the press conference, a reporter asked Harris to comment on the Gov. Cuomo scandal.

“Madame Vice President, do you have any comment on Gov. Cuomo?” the reporter asked. However, Harris walked out of the briefing room without addressing the question.

Harris has remained silent about claims against the Democratic Governor, despite loudly condemning Republican men accused of sexual misconduct.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement last week regarding Harris’s silence.

“I think the vice president’s view is she believes a woman should be treated with respect. Their voices should be heard,” Psaki said.

On Wednesday, a sixth woman came forward accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and declared he will not resign from his position.

“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. “The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the Attorney General’s report.”

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Top CA Democratic Party Leader Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

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A growing corruption probe has overtaken the Orange County Democratic Party in California. Longtime leader of the party, Melahat Rafiei, resigned Sunday night from her position as secretary of the California Democratic Party and state representative to the Democratic National Committee.

Fox LA reports she made the announcement Sunday in a letter posted on social media. “Rafiei said she was a confidential witness in the FBI probe of the proposed sale of Angel Stadium and that she resigned from her post, saying the controversy over her role had become a hindrance.”

Voice of OC reports:

According to an affidavit from FBI special agent Brian Adkins, Rafiei was arrested on attempted bribery after federal agents allege she told a cannabis company that hired her she planned on bribing two Irvine City Councilmembers in exchange for favorable legislation in the city. 

“CW1 began to devise a scheme whereby CW1 would solicit money from CHS1 and CHS2 with the intention of paying bribes to two elected members of the Irvine City Council in exchange for the Council Members performing official acts, resulting in the passage of favorable cannabis laws,” states the affidavit. 

Rafiei had been under scrutiny and pressured to quit after reports surfaced that she had been arrested by the FBI in 2019 for an alleged bribery scheme. Rafiei has not been charged.

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