US President Joe Biden has urged people to await the results of an inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Asked whether Mr Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, should resign, Mr Biden said: “I think the investigation is under way and we should see what it brings us.”
His comments contrast with those of other senior party members, who said the governor should step down.
Seven women accuse Mr Cuomo of sexual harassment, allegations he denies.
“I did not do what has been alleged,” Mr Cuomo said last week. “I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone.”
The 63-year-old governor is defying a growing chorus urging him to resign.
The New York State Assembly Speaker has given the go-ahead for an investigation into the allegations made against Mr Cuomo. The inquiry, which will interview witnesses and look at evidence, could eventually see him thrown out of office.