Chris Cuomo Lie Debunked: Documents Show He Called Media Buddies, Demanded 'Intel' Into Brother's Case


Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces sexual harassment allegations that forced him out of office. In newly released transcripts and exhibits, his brother, Chris Cuomo, is now also coming under fire for his involvement in helping the former governor.

Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after 11 women came forward with accounts of unwanted sexual encounters with the governor, resulting in a scathing report from the New York attorney general’s office.

His brother, Chris Cuomo, journalist for CNN and host of the network’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” originally told CNN viewers in August, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation,” Fox News reported.

But it has come to light that Chris Cuomo has actually been helping his brother behind the scenes. He admitted this in a testimony that he gave an attorney for New York state investigators in July, the transcript of which was released by the attorney general’s office last week.

According to The Hill, a series of texts made public about the Andrew Cuomo investigation shows that Chris Cuomo had been coordinating to help his brother. The messages were made public Monday, along with other exhibits from the investigation into the former governor conducted by the state attorney general’s office.

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Senior reporter for the nonprofit news site The City, Josefa Velásquez, tweeted a text exchange from March between Chris and Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to his brother, in which Chris asked DeRosa to “Please let me help with the prep.”

And there was more, including a specific discussion on “intel” the Cuomo camp was interested in:

Fox News reported that Cuomo looked into reporting on his brother by journalist Ronan Farrow’s (famous for his reporting on former Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and help in the #MeToo movement) and then relayed the information Farrow was gathering to the former governor’s inner circle.

Farrow’s piece was published by The New Yorker on March 18.

During his July deposition, Cuomo was asked if he told CNN that he was making calls on “behalf of the [New York state] executive chamber or behalf of your brother to learn information.”

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But Cuomo said he did not see his checking in on Farrow’s reporting as an attempt to aid his brother.

“There was going to be an article about my brother. So I’m interested. I wasn’t going to call the person writing it. I wasn’t going to try to influence any of the stories. And we know that that’s true because you would have read about it had I. It’s not exactly a loyalty-based business,” Cuomo said, according to the transcript.

“If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you people would know, and so would a lot of others. So the idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual,” he added.

However, the text messages between DeRosa and Cuomo, show that he was keeping her abreast of when Farrow’s report was expected to come out.

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Along with that, according to The Hill, Cuomo asked DeRosa suggested his brother make a statement attributing the women’s accusations to “cancel culture.”

“I understand why they have to say what they are saying. 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,” Cuomo wrote in the text, according to The Hill.

In his deposition in July, however, Chris Cuomo said he was simply concerned.

“I was worried that this wasn’t being handled the right way, and it’s not my job to handle it, okay? I don’t work for the governor. I’m not defending him in this matter. I’m not covering it. You know, this is — this is not what I do,” Cuomo testified, according to the deposition.

However, Chris Cuomo did previously admit that he realized it was an error to have been involved in certain ways with his brother’s office.

“Chris Cuomo’s role as his brother’s unofficial adviser was previously known. After some details of his work were highlighted in an August report by state Attorney General Letitia James, the journalist acknowledged it was a ‘mistake’ to have joined in strategy calls with a group of his brother’s advisers,” The Associated Press reported.

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