Trump Weighs In After CNN ‘Indefinitely’ Suspends Chris Cuomo After He Allegedly Hid Details About Being More Heavily Involved in Helping Defend Brother Andrew Cuomo From Sexual Misconduct Allegations

CNN has decided to indefinitely suspend primetime host Chris Cuomo “pending further evaluation” following revelations this week he was more heavily involved with his brother Andrew Cuomo’s sexual misconduct defense than he previously disclosed.

The suspension comes just a day after the New York state attorney general’s office released documents detailing his efforts to help his former New York governor brother amid sexual harassment charges.

“Thousands of pages of evidence released on Monday by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed that Chris Cuomo had been involved in speaking with then-Gov. Cuomo’s staff about helping him deal with the accusations against him,” Conservative Brief reported Wednesday.

“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,” the network said in a statement obtained by Mediaite.

“But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second,” the statement continued.

“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.”

According to The Daily Beast, a couple of sources familiar with the situation said CNN boss Jeff Zucker “had felt serious heat from infuriated talent, including Jake Tapper, over the last 24 hours and acted to yank Cuomo off the air while the review is carried out.”

Another CNN insider told the outlet Cuomo became unpopular, adding, “I don’t know anyone who likes him.”

Another senior journalist who worked for Zucker told The Daily Beast that Cuomo “was surviving because it didn’t make Zucker look bad. Now it is.”

Former President Donald Trump released a statement weighing in on Cuomo’s suspension.

“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,” he said.

“In any event, Fredo is gone!” Trump added.

Chris Cuomo spoke out about the allegations against former his brother recently during a segment of his program on SiriusXM.

He said Andrew Cuomo had to step down in part because “he had the Republicans hating him,” and because “the media never really liked him.”

“So that is too much,” he continued, adding: “And that is why he had to resign.”

“I did not want him to resign in the beginning, because I believed him. … But eventually, when there wasn’t going to be due process, and his party was against him, and obviously the Republicans weren’t going to help him, then he had no choice because he couldn’t do the work of the state anymore,” Chris Cuomo added.

Several other journalists reacted to CNN’s suspension, via The Daily Wire:

David Harsanyi, National Review: “Chris Cuomo helped his brother cover up his role in the deaths of thousands of elderly NYers. And no one at CNN had a problem with it.”

Jesse Kelly, political commentator: “REMINDER: Andrew Cuomo (and now Chris Cuomo) only went down because DEMOCRATS decided to take them down. They were clearing out the governor’s mansion for other New York Democrats. The GOP would never have enough spine to actually take out an opponent like that.” He continued, “Also, the biggest loser in the Cuomo suspension is Don Lemon. He’s so talentless that Cuomo had to stay over and do the A block of his show with him every night. That’s the most important block in TV. Poor Lemon needed Daddy to hold his hand. Now, he’s alone.”

John Cardillo, political commentator: “Fredo finally got whacked.”

Grant Addison, The Washington Examiner: “Do that water-carrying, pilgarlic hack Stelter next.”

Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker: “Even if you think his personal behavior was bad, you have to admit that losing Cuomo is a blow to journalism that will take at least five seconds to recover from.”

Joe Concha, The Hill: “Chris Cuomo suspended indefinitely. Hard to see how the 9pm anchor returns given the overwhelming evidence of journalistic malfeasance. And if asking who the replacement will be at 9p, I have my money on Acosta. He’s exactly what CNN has become in terms of partisan pious snark.”

Caleb Hull, political strategist: “Never forget that Chris Cuomo left his house while he knew he had COVID-19 and got into a fight with a cyclist. Then he made a spectacle of when he ‘came out of quarantine’ after two weeks like he never left. CNN never fired him for this.”

Logan Hall, The Daily Caller: “cuomo suspension is small potatoes. call me when joy reid and the thousand other media goons worse than cuomo are unemployed.”