The FBI and U.S. attorney are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Democrats are moving to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while the investigation is ongoing.
Last March, Cuomo issued an order sending coronavirus patients from hospitals into nursing homes, rather than to a Navy hospital ship that was anchored in the NY harbor.
Thousands of elderly nursing home residents died after being exposed to the sick patients.
Cuomo came under fire this month when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told a group of key Democrats in a closed-door meeting that Cuomo’s administration had initially undercounted the true numbers of deaths of elderly residents by 50 percent.
Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was among those angry over the revelation. His uncle died in a nursing home.
“You can’t hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process,” Kim said during the virtual meeting.
DeRosa said the administration withheld information requested by the DOJ because “President Trump turns this into a giant political football… He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us… Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the [DOJ] or what we give to you guys… Was going to be used against us…”
Family members are furious that the Democrats were playing politics with their loved ones’ lives.
“We need to get people subpoenaed. We need to get them under oath and find out who knew what when,” Republican Assemblyman William Barclay said.
The GOP criticized the DOJ for not ramping up the investigation months ago when it was common knowledge that thousands died as a result of Cuomo’s order.
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