Kayleigh McEnany pulls no punches in scathing tirade against Chris Cuomo
Kayleigh McEnany tore into Chris Cuomo after he was "permanently suspended" from CNN following new revelations that he helped his brother Andrew Cuomo snoop on his sexual harassment accusers.
The New York AG's office released documents on Tuesday, November 29, detailing the CNN anchor's involvement in the former New York Governor's sex scandal, noting he often used his media sources to dig up info on his elder brother's accusers. The shocking report led many to call on CNN to boot the anchor, coming amidst a slew of allegations against him, including one of sexual harassment against his former boss.
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“You know, Chris Cuomo, not only was he on the air last night, he didn’t even mention this. Surprise, surprise. And what do we expect from CNN’s ‘thorough review?’” said McEnany, co-host of Fox News' 'Outnumbered' on Tuesday.
“CNN is the same network that retained Jeffrey Toobin. We all know what happened there,” she continued. “This is the same network that allowed Chris Cuomo to bring Andrew Cuomo on air with that massive Q-Tip as Chris Cuomo’s lavishing praise on his Covid response when we know Andrew Cuomo was doing wrong by elders in this state who were shoved in nursing homes. This is the same network, when it was revealed that, in fact — oh, we have the picture, look at that, Chris Cuomo was advising his brother, they gave him a little slap on the wrist with a statement, we’ve talked to him. So I don’t believe in this thorough review,” she added.
“And I do agree that the troubles for Chris Cuomo could be far deeper, during this investigation under oath he said he had regular contact with Melissa DeRosa. Guess what Melissa DeRosa said under oath? ‘We had pretty regular contact.’ She says: ‘Chris sends me a lot of the things a lot of the time.’ And there are pages and pages of text messages. Chris has a lot to answer for, maybe more than just to CNN,” McEnany concluded.
As noted by the New York Times, Cuomo's entanglement with the last 18 months of his brother's governorship had "proved a slow-moving headache for CNN, which had stood by its top-rated anchor even as a drip of uncomfortable revelations raised questions about the network’s adherence to journalistic standards." The news anchor had previously apologized for advising his brother's senior political aides, which was a "breach of traditional barriers between journalists and politicians," per the newspaper. However, thousands of pages of evidence released by NY attorney general Letitia James on Monday revealed how the anchor's role had been far more intimate than previously known.
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” CNN said in a statement on Tuesday. “When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. 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." The network added, “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation."