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CNN's Chris Cuomo: ‘Obviously’ I Can’t Cover My Brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The CNN anchor acknowledged the scandals surrounding his sibling, then quickly moved on.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo opened his show Monday night by acknowledging the scandals surrounding his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Three women have accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. He denied two claims of sexual harassment and has not responded to the third claim of unwanted advances. The New York governor is also the subject of a federal investigation for allegedly covering up coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes in the state.

“Obviously, I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother,” Chris Cuomo told viewers, breaking his silence on his sibling, who has faced calls to resign from both sides of the aisle.

“Now, of course CNN has to cover it,” the prime-time anchor continued, without elaborating on which controversy he was talking about. “They have covered it extensively, and they will continue to do so.”

“I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that,” he added. “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also, so let’s get after that.”

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People on Twitter asked why Chris Cuomo was not covering his brother now but had conducted regular jokey on-air interviews with him during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, CNN said the pandemic interviews between the pair were an exception because of the “extraordinary time” the country was going through.

“We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges of what millions of American families were struggling with was of significant human interest,” the network said in a statement, per People. “As a result, we made an exception to a rule that we have had in place since 2013 which prevents Chris from interviewing and covering his brother, and that rule remains in place today. CNN has covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively.”

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