New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under federal investigation for his March 25th covid nursing home order, which “directed nursing homes to accept residents recovering from the virus as they were discharged from hospitals.” New York had the highest death rate of elderly nursing home residents in the country, with nearly 13,000 residents dying in New York state alone. Melissa DeRosa, a top aide of Cuomo’s, recently admitted that they withheld nursing home death data because they were “unsure if what [they] were going to give to the Department of Justice…was going to be used against [them].” Biden’s recent pick for Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland, stated during his confirmation hearing this week, “I don’t know any of the facts, but I can guarantee you that somebody with a conflict of interest will not be the person running an investigation of any kind.”


    The Right criticizes Cuomo and has called for an investigation. Paul Mirengoff, a retired attorney who writes for conservative news site Powerline Blog, noted that Cuomo’s actions sound “like obstruction of a government investigation to me. No wonder the FBI is now investigating.” Regarding the investigation, Nick Langworthy, Chair of the New York State Republican Committee, argued, “Andrew Cuomo must be prosecuted and Andrew Cuomo must be impeached if this evidence exists.”

    “Things are so bad for Andrew Cuomo that even @AOC is calling for a full investigation into his nursing home conduct. I somehow doubt he’s preparing another book about his COVID handling.”

    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)

    All Republican members of the House Oversight Committee called on Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to open a full investigation as well, stating, “We formally request a thorough investigation by the Oversight Committee. We owe it to the thousands of families who lost loved ones because of Governor Cuomo’s alleged recklessness.” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) praised the investigation as “an important first step” and stated, “I have said from the beginning that this is more than a nursing home scandal, this is a criminal corruption coverup scandal at the highest levels of New York State Government.”


    Many on the Left have also criticized Cuomo and joined with Republicans in calling for investigation, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the forefront of them.

    “Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.”

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

    He also received sharp criticism from New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, who said Cuomo recently threatened to sabotage his career if he didn’t cover for the governor. “Cuomo is an abuser. He has abused his powers. And abusers are cowards,” stated Kim. New York State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said that “while we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis,” the investigation will “offer transparency that the public deserves” and “spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

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