New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could find himself facing criminal charges over the nursing home scandal, said legal experts.
An investigation is underway over the coverup of the actual number of deaths in nursing homes from the CCP Virus.
Earlier, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s top aide, told lawmakers the administration had withheld the numbers for fear of them being “used against us,” reported the New York Post.
John B. Daukas, who served as acting U.S. attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, stating that the admissions weren’t “merely negligent, but intentional and perhaps criminal.”
Fox News reported that Daukas noted that both making false statements to the federal government and trying to thwart an investigation are criminal acts.
“Even if it cannot be proved that the Cuomo administration knowingly provided false information to Justice and the (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), New York’s willful failure to provide information may itself constitute a criminal offense. Particularly if the intent was to thwart a federal investigation, which, after all, is exactly what Ms. DeRosa reportedly said the administration did,” Daukas wrote.
During the early days of the pandemic, Cuomo appeared daily on television to give daily briefings while heavily criticizing former President Trump for his handling of the pandemic.
He bathed in the limelight and released a book titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
It was revealed that actual deaths in nursing homes were 15,000—almost double what Cuomo had claimed—he went from the frying pan into the fire.
“The nursing homes story really exposed quite a bit about questions about his leadership style and the success of his leadership during COVID,” said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University. “The governor wrote a book touting his accomplishments, and we don’t know if we’re halfway out of the pandemic.”