WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz and eight other Republican lawmakers on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee have urged Speaker Dick Durbin to investigate Gov. Andrew Andrew’s burgeoning nursing home death scandal.
In a letter sent Wednesday evening, lawmakers asked Dubin (D-Il) to immediately schedule a hearing in the conduct of the Cuomo administration, which is being accused of deliberately indicting federal indictments in nursing homes as COVIDs. Prevents the number of deaths of -19. .
“The American people deserve to know that Governor Cuomo and his senior staff violated the civil rights of New York seniors, lied to the Justice Department about their actions, and in the process violated federal civil and criminal laws Was violated. ” wrote.
“So many people lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration – an administration that has received much acclaim in the past year – is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting.”
Cruise (R-Texas) was connected by sensor. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (RSC), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Josh Hawley (R-Mo).), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thomas Tillis (RNC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
In their letter, the senators also said they expected President Biden’s Attorney General Nominee Merrick Garland to investigate the scandal.
“When Judge Garland testifies before this committee, we ask him to commit to a thorough investigation of this cover-up from the Department of Justice to determine if any criminal laws were violated and any Violations were also prosecuted, ”he wrote.
Poole said that an investigation by the Department of Justice behind closed doors would be too slow and would allow those responsible to avoid public accountability.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said of Cruz’s request, “Every death in this epidemic is a tragedy and shame on the treason Caucasus for exploiting them to overcome the Capitol Rebellion, which resulted One police officer died. “
Last week, The Post revealed that Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa Derasa, admitted to a group of state lawmakers that they accept the death of the state’s COVID-19 nursing home out of fear that federal prosecutors would correct The number will be used against us.
Following the bombing report by NY Attorney General Letitia James, who found COVID-19 deaths at Empire State Nursing Home, 50 percent higher than Cuomo – who had a poorly timed view of her leadership during the crisis Wrote the book – claimed it.
A post analysis of the latest state health department data covered deaths from Kovoid-19 in Cuomo’s nursing home, which were about 1,900 fatalities in New York City alone.
The decline also continued on Wednesday when Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) said he was receiving a monthly call from Cuomo last week that threatened that he would be “destroyed” if the crisis did not help. .
While Kim said he was “in the midst of bathing my children”, Cuomo said he was asked to draft a statement stating that Derasa had actually told state lawmakers that they were federal Prosecutors will comply.
During the conversation, Kim said, Kumo warned her, “You haven’t seen my anger.” I have been biting my tongue for months. “
“I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you’ll end up,” Kim said remembering Cuomo. “You will perish.”
Wednesday’s letter is not the first time Cruz has raised concerns about handling the epidemic.
Last month, he introduced an amendment to the budget package, calling for a DOJ investigation to decide whether officers like Cuomo were criminally or civilly ordered to place COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Can be responsive.
Kyomo, an unqualified man, used a press conference on Wednesday to attack both The Post and Assemblyman Kim for exposing a scandal involving his administration.
After praising his leadership for months, the Democrats’ patience seems to have run out.
Nine New York State Assembly Democratic members on Tuesday accused Cuomo of obstructing justice in a letter seeking support to snatch his COVID-19 emergency powers.
During an Oval Office meeting with Cuomo on Friday in the wake of the explosive reporting, Biden decided not to address the scandal because it was “not the focus of their conversation or a topic,” said spokeswoman Jane Saki.
Durbin did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.