WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz and eight different Republican lawmakers on the highly effective Senate Judiciary Committee have urged Chairman Dick Durbin to open an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s rising nursing home demise scandal.
In a letter despatched Wednesday night, lawmakers requested Durbin (D-Il.) to right away schedule hearings into the conduct of the Cuomo administration, which is being rocked by allegations it intentionally withheld the quantity of COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties from federal prosecutions.
“The American folks should know the extent to which Governor Cuomo and his senior employees violated the civil rights of New York seniors, lied to the Division of Justice about their actions, and violated federal civil and prison legal guidelines within the course of,” the lawmakers wrote.
“That so many individuals needlessly misplaced their lives as a result of of the failed insurance policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration — an administration that many have lauded over the previous 12 months — is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting.”
Cruz (R-Texas) was joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
Of their letter, the senators additionally stated they anticipated Merrick Garland, President Biden’s lawyer common nominee, to decide to investigating the scandal.
“When Decide Garland testifies earlier than this Committee, we count on him to commit the Division of Justice to completely investigating this cover-up to find out whether or not any prison legal guidelines had been violated and to prosecute any violations,” they wrote.
The pols stated an investigation behind closed doorways by the Division of Justice could be too sluggish and permit these accountable to keep away from public accountability.
Cuomo spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi stated of the Cruz request, “Each demise on this pandemic is a tragedy and disgrace on the Treason Caucus for exploiting them to distract from fermenting the Capitol riot that resulted within the demise of a police officer.”
Final week, The Put up revealed that Cuomo’s prime aide Melissa DeRosa admitted to a gaggle of state lawmakers that they withheld the state’s COVID-19 nursing home demise toll out of worry that the true numbers would “be used in opposition to us” by federal prosecutors.
The reporting adopted a bombshell report from NY Legal professional Basic Letitia James who discovered COVID-19 deaths in Empire State nursing properties had been 50 % larger than Cuomo — who wrote a poorly-timed guide about his management through the disaster — claimed.
A Put up evaluation of the newest state Well being Division knowledge confirmed Cuomo’s cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 hid practically 1,900 fatalities in New York Metropolis alone.
The fallout continued on Wednesday when Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) stated he receiving a menacing name from Cuomo final week who threatened that he’d be “destroyed” if he didn’t assist comprise the disaster.
Kim, who stated he was “within the center of bathing my youngsters,” stated Cuomo requested him to draft a press release to say that DeRosa actually instructed state lawmakers that they’d adjust to federal prosecutors.
Through the dialog, Kim stated, Cuomo warned him, “You haven’t seen my wrath. I’ve been biting my tongue for months.”
“I can inform the entire world what a nasty individual you’re and you’ll be completed,” Kim recalled Cuomo saying. “You may be destroyed.”
Wednesday’s letter is just not the primary time Cruz has raised considerations about Cuomo’s dealing with of the pandemic.
Final month, he launched an modification to the finances package deal that referred to as for a DOJ probe to find out if officers like Cuomo could possibly be criminally or civilly liable for ordering COVID-19 sufferers to be positioned in nursing properties.
An unapologetic Cuomo used a press convention Wednesday to assault each The Put up and Assemblyman Kim for exposing the scandal engulfing his administration.
After lauding his management for months, Democrats’ persistence seems to have run out.
9 New York State Meeting Democratic members on Tuesday accused Cuomo of federal obstruction of justice in a letter in search of assist to strip him of his COVID-19 emergency powers.
Throughout an Oval Workplace assembly with Cuomo on Friday within the wake of the explosive reporting, Biden selected to not tackle the scandal as a result of it “was not a spotlight of their dialog or a subject,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated.
Durbin didn’t instantly reply to request for remark Wednesday.