The gorgeous admission by Gov. Cuomo’s prime aide that the administration withheld the state’s nursing home dying toll out of worry that the damning numbers would “be used against us” by the feds has sparked bipartisan calls for an intensive probe — and prosecution of the governor.
“Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately – both by the Attorney General of New York State and the U.S. Department of Justice,” Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik wrote in a press release.
“This bombshell admission of a coverup and the remarks by the Secretary to the Governor indicating intent to obstruct any federal investigation is a stunning and criminal abuse of power,” Stefanik continued.
“I have said from the beginning that this is more than a nursing home scandal, this is a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government implicating the Governor, the Secretary to the Governor, the New York State Health Commissioner and the Governor’s staff,” she wrote.
“The families who lost loved ones, New Yorkers, and all Americans deserve accountability from the U.S. Department of Justice that will be independent and not swayed by the desperate political pressure from Governor Cuomo.”
New York Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, a Republican, mentioned in a tweet: “Governor Cuomo and his administration must be investigated from top to bottom and he must be stripped of his emergency powers. Justice needs to be brought for the grieving families who have been ignored to protect Governor Cuomo and his Democrat allies in the Legislature.”
In a separate assertion, he mentioned: “The information right this moment that Governor Cuomo’s prime aide admitted to intentionally withholding details about COVID-19 deaths is the newest in a string of disturbing acts of corruption by his administration.
“This is clearly a gross obstruction of justice. Instead of apologizing or offering solutions to the hundreds of New York households who misplaced family members, the Governor’s administration made apologies to politicians behind closed doorways for the ‘political inconvenience,’ this scandal has triggered them.
The feedback come after The Post revealed that Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa mentioned throughout a video convention name with state Democratic leaders that the administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August as a result of “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,” in line with an audio recording obtained by The Post.
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa mentioned. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, she mentioned, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”
“And basically, we froze,” DeRosa instructed the lawmakers.
“Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation,” she added.
State Attorney Letitia James just lately introduced in a damning 76-page report that the Empire State’s nursing home dying toll from COVID-19 could also be greater than 50 % increased than officers have claimed as a result of Cuomo’s administration had not revealed what number of of these residents died in hospitals.
The bombshell findings might push the DOH tally of 8,711 deaths to greater than 13,000, primarily based on a survey of 62 nursing houses that discovered the state undercounted the fatalities there by a mean of 56 %.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) mentioned Cuomo “has blood on his hands.”
“The Cuomo Coverup led to needless deaths of New Yorkers everyone knew were at risk. And Fredo and CNN helped him hide it while laughing about it!” Greene mentioned in a tweet, utilizing former President Trump’s reference to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo primarily based on Fredo Corleone, the ineffective son from “The Godfather.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise additionally reacted on Twitter, writing: “There it is. Cuomo’s aide just admitted to covering up nursing home data so federal prosecutors couldn’t find it. Time for federal investigations. Time for prosecutions. Time for JUSTICE.”
He added: “The more the truth comes out, the worse it gets for Cuomo.”
Democrats, together with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, additionally assailed the governor, tweeting: “To continuous defenders of @NYGovCuomo, how is that this okay? How is it not #Trump like?
“And when FORCED into admission, the most you get is a sorry we got caught…and not even directly from him or to the families. All while asking NYers to trust your decisions,” he added.
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-NY) additionally weighed in, saying in a tweet: “You’re only sorry that you all got caught. Because of your decisions, thousands of people died who did not have to die. We’re not ‘offended’, Melissa, we’re furious – with extremely good reason.”
State Sen. Andrew Gornardes (D-NY) known as it a “betrayal of the public trust.”
“There needs to be full accountability for what happened, and the legislature needs to reconsider its broad grant of emergency powers to the governor,” he mentioned in a tweet.
In a ready assertion, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi mentioned, “We explained that the Trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame democratic states for COVID deaths and that we were cooperating with Federal document productions and that was the priority and now that it is over we can address the state legislature.”
“That said, we were working simultaneously to complete the audit of information they were asking for,” he added.
The DOJ has declined to remark.