(ConservativeHub.com) – New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received a lot of backlash regarding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, the US Supreme Court issued a stinging rebuke of his restrictions on houses of worship, ruling against that effort in November 2020.
However, the most recent scandal is bringing in massive criticism from both major political parties. A report from Attorney General Letitia James last month revealed that New York health officials underreported the number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.
State officials reported 8,505 nursing home deaths from the beginning of the pandemic through January 19. However, they later reported 12,743 deaths for the same period, offering no explanation for the change.
Cuomo faced tremendous criticism on social media in the wake of a February 15 press conference addressing concerns about the false report. #CuomoCoverUp trended on Twitter for hours, with Republican figures like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) calling out Cuomo’s lack of compassion and honesty.
🚨🚨 My Statement on the Reporting Regarding FBI and US Attorney Investigation of Governor Cuomo 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/k55IhmiPMy
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 18, 2021
Cuomo Faces Federal Investigation
The Times-Union, a leading news organization located in New York’s Capital Region, reported that officials from the FBI and the US Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York launched a formal investigation into Cuomo’s actions and those of his coronavirus task force. The probe will look into steps taken regarding nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities.
According to the Times-Union, the investigation is just getting started, and authorities have not lodged criminal allegations so far. An unnamed individual with direct information about the probe said the investigation is currently centered on high-ranking members of Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force.
An NBC News article indicated that a senior advisor for Gov. Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said the administration was cooperating with investigators and will continue doing so.
This story is breaking, and we will keep you updated as events unfold.
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