Quietly on Friday President Joe Biden’s Justice Department announced it was dropping a civil rights probe into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus in nursing homes.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., blasted the decision saying, “It is outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.”
“Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families? These deadly orders contradicted the CDC’s guidance, and needlessly endangered the most vulnerable among us to the deadly COVID-19 virus,” the Louisiana Republican added. “Even worse, Governor Cuomo in New York intentionally tried to cover up the true death toll resulting from his mandate. Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states,” the Minority Whip added.
Several prominent Republicans joined in on Scalise’s criticism of the DOJ’s decision including New York’s Rep. Elise Stefanik who said that President Biden is now “complicit” in Cuomo’s alleged coverup.
The feds refusal to prosecute Cuomo comes as New York state officials appear to be dragging their feet as well. Both the NY State Assembly and state Attorney General Letitia James are taking many months probing the governor’s actions, but have not yet issued any reports or charges.
Besides the nursing home deaths, Cuomo, who has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, faces several other scandals including sexual harassment charges, as well as improperly using his office to grant members of his inner circle special access to COVID-19 testing and employing staff to write and promote his book about leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo, who won an Emmy for his daily CoVid-19 press conferences, has not held regular press briefings in the last four months due to the scandals his office faces.