February 18, 2021

Federal Investigation into Gov. Cuomo Begins 

  • Flyover Country

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

A federal investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has begun after the revelation of thousands of additional COVID-related deaths in nursing homes. Cuomo maintains that there was no wrongdoing on his part, but has failed to clarify why his office was afraid of an investigation. 

The Background:

The FBI and the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office have begun an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration after the New York Attorney General stated that Cuomo’s office underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes and assisted living facilities by up to 50%. 
The state’s health commissioner, Howard Zucker, stated that on January 18, the state publicly recognized 8,711 deaths, but the next day the numbers were shown to be actually 12,743. As previously reported, Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, told Democrat lawmakers that Cuomo’s office was afraid of an investigation and “froze,” when faced with the data.

According to The Guardian, the Department of Justice requested information in August and October, receiving pushback and delay. According to Fox, Cuomo has claimed that he did not receive the first request. 

The FBI has not commented on the investigation. 

Notable Quotes:
"I want everyone to know, everything was done. Everything was done by the best minds in the best interest and the last thing we wanted to do- the last thing that I wanted to do was to aggravate a terrible situation." - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)

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