BREAKING: FBI and US Attorney’s office ‘are investigating Gov. Cuomo’ over nursing home death scandal
- Cuomo is under fire amid claims he purposely under-reported COVID death toll
- The investigation – first reported by The Times Union Wednesday – is said to be in its early stages; is said to be focusing on Cuomo’s coronavirus task force
Democrat Cuomo is under fire amid claims he purposely under-reported the COVID-19 death toll.
The investigation – first reported by The Times Union – is said to be in its early stages. It is said to be focusing on Cuomo’s coronavirus task force.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said of the federal probe: ‘As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months. We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to.’
The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn is said to be looking into the governor’s task force whose members include attorney Linda Lacewell, state health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa.
It was DeRosa who is said to have admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government.
It is not known if any of Cuomo’s team have been interviewed or served with subpoenas.
But Cuomo had said this week: ‘The New York state (Department of Health) has always fully and publicly reported all COVID deaths in nursing homes and hospitals.
‘They have always been fully reported. I don’t think there’s anything to clear here. … There is nothing to investigate.’
The FBI and US Attorney’s office are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the nursing home death scandal, according to reports Wednesday
The order, which Cuomo said followed expert guidelines at the time, stated that COVID-19 patients could be sent back from hospitals to nursing homes, as it was believed then that they were not infectious anymore.
Families claimed it added to the number of deaths, yet Cuomo claimed on Monday that 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19 in the building before the sick patients were sent back there – and that he was not responsible.
More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.
The numbers, while accounted for in the full state death totals to the state, were not ascribed to nursing homes for residents who died in hospitals rather than within the facilities.
Last week Cuomo’s top aide admitted that his administration had withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers as they feared an official investigation from the federal government.
Melissa DeRosa allegedly said that they were worried Trump would turn the deaths ‘into a giant political football’.
Since then seven Democratic state assembly members have accused Cuomo of an ‘intentional obstruction of justice’.
In a letter they say that Cuomo attempted to circumvent a federal probe by delaying the release of a complete tally of deaths of nursing home residents.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing although he apologized on Monday for not working to provide the information more quickly.