Rep Elise Stephanik (R-NY), along with fellow Republicans, has called for the prosecution of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as any staff who may have knowingly held back the coronavirus death toll in nursing homes.
This came after a report came out in which an aide to Cuomo admitted that they did just that.
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Stephanik tweeted a statement saying, “Governor Cuomo, the governor’s secretary, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately – both by the New York State Attorney General and the US Department of Justice.”
“This bombshell of a cover-up and the secretary’s remarks to the governor that the intent is to obstruct any federal investigation are an amazing and criminal abuse of power,” she added.
🚨🚨 My explanation of the bomb @nypost about Cuomo’s cover-up 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/brOrGZjeBo
– Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 12, 2021
A breathtaking entry
The horrific recording came from Cuomo’s secretary Melissa DeRosa during a videoconference with New York State Democratic leaders. In a report by the New York Post, DeRosa claimed the Cuomo government rejected a New York State Senate motion for a full listing of COVID deaths back in August.
DeRosa went on to say that former President Trump turned the New York state numbers “into a giant political football”. Speaking of Trump during the meeting, DeRosa said, “He starts tweeting that we all killed in nursing homes.
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“He’s going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy follows [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, follow up [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer ”and that“ Trump instructs the Justice Department to investigate us. And basically we were frozen. “
Governor Cuomo’s office has released a partial transcript of the appeal between Melissa DeRosa and lawmakers discussing nursing home death dates at https://t.co/PkNtpQGYOV
– Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) February 12, 2021
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Multiple calls for investigation / prosecution
In addition to calling Congressman Stephanik to investigate and possibly prosecute Cuomo, other state and national Republican officials have advocated holding Cuomo and his staff accountable for any obstruction to an investigation.
New York State Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt called for a top-down investigation.
New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy called for Cuomo’s impeachment, and Assembly minority leader William Barclay called for subpoenas and subsequent hearings.
Even some Democrats were outraged enough to speak out. The Democratic Assembly’s wife, Yuh-Line Niou, described the actions of the Cuomo government as “criminal”.
Governor Cuomo and his administration must be examined from head to toe and his emergency powers revoked.
Justice must be brought to the grieving families who have been ignored to protect Governor Cuomo and his democratic allies in the legislature. pic.twitter.com/N4B2c77u3w
– Rob Ortt (@SenatorOrtt) February 12, 2021
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The numbers and those affected
Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow on Health Policy at Empire Center, tweeted in September 2020 stating that the CDC “has unfortunately made it optional for nursing homes to report COVID deaths in March, April and early May 2020 as the New York pandemic was worst. ”
He continued, “Some houses did the right thing, often reporting significantly higher numbers than NYS DOH reported.” In September he said on the Empire Center website:
“The result is that a major public health disaster affecting New York nursing home residents is not being well documented by any of the agencies responsible for protecting it, as state officials refuse to reveal the real numbers and federal officials haven’t asked for it yet. ”
The CDC has unfortunately made it optional for nursing homes to report COVID deaths in March, April, and early May, when the New York pandemic was worst.
But some houses did the right thing – and often reported significantly higher numbers than NYS DOH reported. https://t.co/6WSYZno25L pic.twitter.com/zIQOPExDLH
– Bill Hammond (@NYHammond) September 8, 2020
One of the most outspoken critics of the Cuomo administration’s COVID nursing home policy is Fox News Channel meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both in-laws to Governor Cuomo’s nursing homes.
On Thursday, Dean said, “I want to thank every Democratic legislature who was the leak yesterday that gave us this information because I believe everyone should go to jail.”
“We have to see these people on the stand, with a jury, with us, the people who have lost our loved ones, in the audience to see them tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” she added.
“Justice must be served,” continued Dean. “We don’t have our loved ones here today, but by God, I’m here to be a voice for everyone.”
Janice Dean: People Should Go to Jail for Covering Up Nursing Home Deaths in New York https://t.co/oBdHaqCXZ1
– Fox News (@FoxNews) February 12, 2021