On Thursday, a new revelation came to light that Governor Andrew Cuomo hid COVID death statistics from the DOJ in nursing homes to appear lower than they were.
These deaths occurred last year during America’s first encounters with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor’s early policy was to return elderly people from hospitals to nursing homes to free up beds in hospitals.
Many who returned from the hospitals were infected COVID-19 patients and distributed the virus throughout the senior care facility.
State Commissioner Howard Zucker stated there were 15,049 deaths attributed to residents in nursing homes, which is almost 10,000 more than the State Health Department reported on Jan. 27, 2021.
The explosive news stems from New York Attorney Letitia James’ investigation outlining how much the Cuomo Administration grossly under-counted the COVID-19 death toll from nursing homes.
On Thursday, Mellissa DeRosa, one of Gov. Cuomo’s aides, admitted to the cover-up during a phone call with New York Democratic Lawmakers.
According to the New York Post, DeRosa said, “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.”
This damning revelation makes it appear that the state lied about how many people died in nursing homes to discredit President Trump.
Some speculate that discrediting him in this way could have been an intentional way to slight Trump’s chances in the 2020 election.
DeRosa stated in the phone call that the Cuomo administration did not want the Trump administration using the death count “to blame Democratic states for COVID deaths.”
Cuomo has repeatedly defended sending COVID patients to the nursing homes as in line with the orders of the Trump Administration.
According to the Associated Press, Governor Cuomo could have sent the elderly to the Javits Center, a makeshift hospital, but sent the infected back to the nursing homes.
President Trump also sent the U.S. Comfort, a military hospital ship, for Cuomo to house infected patients.
The Cuomo administration now claims that it was not responsible for those deaths because nursing homes are not supposed to admit people they cannot properly care for.
Cuomo’s administration quickly scrambled to defuse the situation.
“We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout,” DeRosa told Fox News.
Top Republicans in the state, including New York Representative Elise Stefanik, have called for Governor Cuomo’s investigation and prosecution for “intent to obstruct any federal investigation is a stunning and criminal abuse of power.”
Representative Tom Reed told Fox News that he would file a criminal complaint with federal law enforcement to arrest Mellissa DeRosa.
Regardless of whether an investigation is launched, this severely hinders Governor Cuomo’s future political ambitions with a scandal that may force his resignation.
Besides governing the state of New York, Cuomo has spent his time writing a book on “leadership” during the pandemic.
So far, publishers for the book have yet to recall its production.
Even if Cuomo’s political days continue, his book sales will most likely never recover from this crushing blow.
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