Rudy Giuliani criticized Andrew Cuomo's treatment, comparing his sexual harassment allegations to those against Trump

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Rudy Giuliani criticized the treatment of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he was found to have sexually harassed 11 women, comparing his sexual assault allegations to those leveled against former President Donald Trump.

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday said its independent investigators had concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York State employees.

The report said he created a "hostile work environment for women" by "among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching." Cuomo has defended himself against the allegations and apologized for some of his conduct.

Giuliani, a former New York mayor and Donald Trump's former personal attorney, said after Cuomo risked being found guilty before he faced a trial after being condemned by multiple Democratic colleagues.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined several congressional Democrats and Republicans in calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York to resign.

"Cuomo may be guilty, but we used to have trials before convictions," tweeted Giuliani.

"That's what Cuomo's Democrat allies denied President Trump. There would be poetic justice if they did that to Cuomo, but it would be unjust, dangerous, and entirely un-American."

In a subsequent tweet, he added: "The truth of the charges against Cuomo should be determined by a trial of an [sic] impeachment and/or an indictment, not by the media."

It is unclear what specific incident - if any - Giuliani was referring to when he said that Cuomo's Democratic colleagues denied Trump the right to a trial.

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At least 26 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment, and one of his accusers is suing him for defamation after dismissing her allegations..

A statement released Tuesday by Carl Heastie, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, indicated that Cuomo might well face an impeachment trial.

Heastie told the Times Union on Friday, however, that the outcome of the report alone may not be enough to bring impeachment proceedings.

He said: "I don't know if the report itself, alone, without the conclusion of the Judiciary Committee's work should rise to an action."

The Attorney General's report will not result in criminal charges for Cuomo.

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