CNN has suspended Cuomo Prime Time host Chris Cuomo after it was discovered he used his journalistic connections to assist his brother in finding “dirt” on the individuals who accused him of sexual harassment.
Breitbart News reported that Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from the show he has hosted since 2018 after text messages highlighting his indiscretion were released. The network said that the documents “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense.”
“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 CNN spokesperson said. “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 said. “But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”
“However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” said the spokesperson. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.
This came after the New York Attorney General Letitia James released text messages between Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, who was the former governor’s top aide, where the pair talked about Chris Cuomo’s media sources leading to information about the accusers.
“I have a lead on the wedding girl,” read one text from Chris Cuomo to DeRosa. DeRosa texted Chris, “Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow. Can u check your sources?” He replied with, “On it,” then followed up with, “No one has heard that yet.”
“Please let me help with the prep,” Chris told DeRosa in one message, and it appeared that he did help, as resent a complete written statement for Andrew to use in response to the allegations:
“I will not resign, I cannot resign. I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that’s what this is… And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture.”
While questions about the connection were plentiful at the time, according to CNN, “When Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor in August, Chris Cuomo told CNN viewers that he was ‘not an advisor,’ but ’a brother.”