Last week, the New York Post published bombshell revelations that the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo purposely hid the official death toll of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes after his shockingly bad decision in March 2020 to put virus-sickened patients in them.
At the time, it made no sense to most health experts because it was already apparent that older adults with medical histories were a lot more susceptible to dying from the coronavirus.
In fact, Dr. Elaine Healy, M.D., who runs and represents an association of nursing home managers, blew the whistle on the monumentally stupid order the day the order came out when she called into top-rated talker Mark Levin’s show.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned.
The stunning admission of a coverup was made by secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,” according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting.
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said in an audio file sent to The Post. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us,” she added, which really made everyone nervous. “And basically, we froze.”
“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: “That played a very large role into this.”
Within hours after the story broke, there were calls for the Justice Department to finally step in. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has called for Cuomo and his team to be prosecuted.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 12, 2021
“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,” she said.
“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 added.
But there is a dilemma of sorts: DeRosa may be beyond reach: Audrey Strauss, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is DeRosa’s mother-in-law, according to a separate report by The Post.
“Did you freeze before or after you called your mother-in-law,” one social media user wrote online.
That said, it’s not at all clear that there will even be an investigation, either by the left-wing partisans at the New York Attorney General’s office (which seems much more focused on Donald Trump’s taxes) or Joe Biden’s Justice Department, given his and Nancy Pelosi’s tight relationship with Cuomo the Democrat.
Still, according to Cuomo spokesman Peter Ajemian, the DoJ has already come knocking on Cuomo’s door, apparently.
“We informed the legislature that we needed to pause their request for information while we prioritized a request by the federal DOJ,” Ajemian told the Post without commenting on the controversy or potential conflict of interest. “We provided the federal DOJ with the information they asked for comprehensively, after which we were able to begin attending to the state legislature’s request, which we have now responded to.”
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Author: Jonathan Davis