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President Joe Biden followed through on a pledge made this spring that he would call for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down if an investigation confirmed the sexual harassment allegations made against him.

“I stand by that statement,” Biden said during a press briefing Tuesday. “I think he should resign.”

Biden added that he had not yet read the full 165-page investigation report but understood the situation and wanted to make good on his statement from the spring.

With the move, Biden joins a growing list of lawmakers who’ve issued a call for Cuomo to resign including both U.S. senators for New York, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Also joining the call was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the governors of neighboring New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and many other Democrats and Republicans. Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, an outspoken opponent of Cuomo, also called for him to be arrested.

Findings released from an investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the governor harassed at least 11 people, including multiple current and former state employees. His administration is also described as having created a “hostile work environment” that was “rife with fear and intimidation.” Cuomo continues to insist that he did nothing wrong, most recently during a recorded statement released hours after the probe findings.

While the released investigation results state Cuomo’s actions were in violation of federal and state law, it specified clearly that the actions may not be subject to criminal prosecution.