Former President Donald Trump broke his silence about the epic fall from grace for the Cuomo family. Andrew Cuomo was governor of New York until his past caught up with him and now he faces criminal charges after resigning in disgrace.
CNN suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely last night for not being honest about what he did to help his scandal-plagued brother. Trump said: “Great news for television viewers, they have just suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely.
“The big question is, was it because of his horrendous ratings, which in all fairness have permeated CNN and MSDNC or was it because his brother is no longer Governor? Probably both. In any event, Fredo is gone.”
CNN issued a statement announcing the suspension that 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.
“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.
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Newly unsealed documents show Cuomo was not honest to his viewers. According to the documents, Cuomo said:
“I would — when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out.
“I was frequently in contact when we would hear word that there were other people coming out. Or there was more to be learned about somebody, I would talk to other journalists to hear what they had heard.
“I called a fellow journalist who works with Ronan a lot. And I didn’t want to contact Ronan directly. I know him.
“He’s — he’s been good to me. He’s been on my show. But I didn’t want to — I didn’t want to push up on him like that. It’s not right.
“The concern was that Ronan always has more people. You know, I mean, that’s part of his currency as a journalist, is that people come to him to expand understandings.
“I know he has his critics. But, to me, that’s when he’s at his best.
“So the assumption was he must have new people if he’s waiting so long to have written about this.
“And then he didn’t. So, what the context is specifically is: I had heard that all he was writing, the only person he was writing about was Lindsey Boylan.
“I wasn’t going to call Ronan Farrow. 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.
“If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you 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 said.