- CNN suspended anchor Chris Cuomo “indefinitely” following new transcripts by the NY Attorney General.
- The transcripts revealed the extent he helped his brother Andrew Cuomo amid his sexual harassment scandal.
- “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” a CNN spokesperson said.
Earlier this week, the New York Attorney General’s Office released transcripts that appeared to show CNN anchor Chris Cuomo used media sources to look up information about a woman who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.
The new documents, found by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, include text message conversations between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s former top aide.
“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 spokesperson for the network said in a statement. “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 his family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts that we previously knew.”
The spokesperson added: “As a result we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Chris Cuomo wrote in one text message that he had “a lead on the wedding girl,” referring to Anna Ruch.
Chris had previously apologized for coaching his brother through the sexual harassment scandal and effectively recused himself from covering one of the year’s most explosive political stories.
A graduate of The Albany Academy, Yale University, and the Fordham University School of Law, Cuomo started out appearing as a guest on cable and TV networks before landing his first full-time gig in the industry as a correspondent for Fox News. He was also the co-anchor of “Good Morning America” on ABC from 2006 until 2009.