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President Biden delivers at the White House on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden told ABC News Tuesday that if allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) are confirmed, he should resign.

Why it matters: These are Biden's strongest words yet on his longtime friend and ally following multiple harassment and misconduct allegations. Only two days ago, the president said he'd wait for the outcome of an investigation before commenting on whether the governor should resign.

  • Cuomo denies all allegations leveled against him and has resisted calls to resign from lawmakers including Democratic leaders in New York like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
  • The only Democratic figure who could likely persuade Cuomo to resign is Biden, per Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What they're saying: In his interview with Biden in Darby, Pennsylvania, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked Biden whether Cuomo should resign if N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into the allegations confirms the women's claims.

  • Biden replied: "Yes. I think he'll probably end up being prosecuted, too."

Of note: One of Cuomo's seven accusers, an unnamed female aide, alleges he groped her at the governor's mansion last year.

  • "A woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and victimized by her coming forward," Biden told ABC News. "But there should be an investigation to determine what she says is true. That's what's going on now."
  • He noted "there could be a criminal prosecution that is attached to it. I just don't know."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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