Cuomo served in the US House of Representatives for 10 years before he was elected as New York’s Lieutenant Governor
Who is Chris Cuomo and why was he suspended from CNN for helping his brother Governor Andrew Cuomo?
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Chris Cuomo, CNN host and brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, has been suspended from the network while investigating allegations that he tried to lure a hacker to reveal secret information.
Cuomo, 47, shared a photo of the criminal and then followed him on Instagram, along with the caption: “The only person who could make me happier than you right now.”
The crime involved stealing corporate emails and data at a law firm that the Cuomo family previously worked at, so the law firm used the incident to educate their staff on how to avoid the pitfalls of archiving their messages.
In the photo, the criminal’s hack was labelled “I will love you forever”, but it was unclear if Cuomo’s comment referred to him in particular.
Cuomo has since deleted the post. In a statement from CNN he said he shares the news network’s “zero tolerance policy on inappropriate behavior” and called the allegation “false”.
“Throughout my career I have made poor decisions, both professionally and personally,” he said. “I hold myself accountable for my choices and regret the harm they have caused my family and colleagues.
“I apologize to my family, my colleagues and CNN for this distraction. I remain committed to my work on CNN and doing the best work of my career.”
Cuomo served in the US House of Representatives for 10 years before he was elected as New York’s Lieutenant Governor. He first rose to prominence on NY1 News, and has said in interviews that he feels connected to the audience because he knows much of the same people.
On CNN he co-hosts Between the Scenes with Soledad O’Brien and recently took over Don Lemon’s 9pm timeslot. He rose to prominence in the coverage of the Bush administration after his role as chief White House correspondent for ABC News led to the impeachment of president George W Bush.
Since 2016, Cuomo has frequently appeared on The View and elsewhere, along with reports that he interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton about her new book about her family’s time in the White House.
The network released a statement reading: “Chris has addressed this with the company and the matter is closed.”
It is understood that there have been previous accusations made against Cuomo in the past about “inappropriate behavior”.
The allegations now emerging include claims that he flirted with female employees, sent inappropriate texts to a company security guard and sent a suggestive picture of a woman playing tennis to a civilian.
Governor Cuomo was critical of the initial leak on Twitter. “My brother was not in NYC on that day, so I don’t know about this report,” he said. “I just found out about it and want to correct this false reporting. My brother has never been under investigation nor was he the subject of a review.”
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Before being elected lieutenant governor, Cuomo was mayor of the city of Poughkeepsie. He is married with two children.
The series of ongoing hacking and data breaches that has affected the global corporate world in recent years is often described as the so-called “internet of things”, or “the internet of things”. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 63 million connected devices are in use in the US today. The number of Internet of Things-connected items is expected to grow to 40 billion by 2020.