There will be no official civil rights investigation into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus response at state-run nursing homes.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to examine aged care facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan despite several Republican members of Congress asking the DOJ to do so.
The department’s civil rights division had demanded those four states produce statistics on the number of CCP Virus-related infections and deaths at facilities back in Aug. 2020.
All states except for New Jersey were questioned about whether they accidentally contributed to the CCP Virus death toll at the beginning of the pandemic. The Democrat-led jurisdictions allegedly let facilities accept residents who were hospitalized from the CCP Virus. However, there are few clues to answer such inquiries.
In a letter to Republicans, DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta said civil rights division lawyers had evaluated New York data and other relevant materials.
They decided the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act investigation shall not be conducted “at this time.” Investigations launched in October 2020 into two nursing homes in New Jersey will still proceed as planned.
A terrible day for thousands of families. In a letter to @SteveScalise, @TheJusticeDept wrote that they were dropping the nursing home investigations in all states including New York. There will be no justice for our loved ones, and it feels like we’ve lost them all over again. pic.twitter.com/DV7uNRMr9D— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 23, 2021
However, Rep. Steve Scalise, a top Louisiana Republican on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, described the DOJ’s lack of action as “outrageous.”
“Grieving families deserve answers and accountability,” he said in a statement. “It is unconscionable that [President Joe] Biden’s DOJ refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against [the] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s medical guidance taken in these states.”
🚨BREAKING🚨— Select Committee Republicans (@SelectGOP) July 23, 2021
Whip and Ranking Member @SteveScalise blasted the @TheJusticeDept for refusing to investigate deadly mandates in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan sending COVID positive patients into nursing homes and long-term care facilities.https://t.co/CThvfixhAO
The GOP previously criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for allegedly falsifying CCP Virus-related death toll data in nursing homes across the Empire State.
In order to free up hospital beds during the 2020 height of the pandemic, Cuomo instructed nursing homes to accept CCP Virus infected residents. The move was widely rebuked for causing the death toll to soar in aged care facilities.
State Attorney General Letitia James (Working Families Party) released a report, saying multiple facilities had failed to perform proper health safety measures.
The governor is also accused of misreporting the number of fatalities among New York’s long-term care residents, and procrastinating about having to provide correct information to state lawmakers.
Cuomo denies any misconduct and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn is still investigating the state’s handling of data on deaths in long-term care facilities.