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Justice Department Expands Probe of New York Nursing Home Deaths

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justiceThe Department of Justice demanded detailed data from hundreds of private nursing home facilities in New York on Oct. 28 as part of an expanding investigation into whether the state is undercounting nursing home deaths from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced criticism for months about the states official tally of 6,722 nursing home deaths, which is off by thousands because the state is one of only a handful that count only people who die on nursing home property. The counting method enables Cuomo to claim that New York has a lower percentage of nursing home deaths than other states.

The governor has repeatedly denied access to the relevant data to lawmakers and the media. Cuomo signed an executive order on March 25 sending thousands of recovering CCP virus patients into nursing homes at the peak of the pandemic.

The governor’s spokesman said the DOJ’s latest request is a “sham” and a “scummy abuse of power” due to its timing right before the election.

New York appears to be undercounting nursing home deaths by the thousands, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

“In this hyper-political environment … everybody wants to point fingers,” Cuomo said in an appearance on CBS’s “This Morning” earlier this month while promoting his new book on his handling of the crisis. “New York, actually, we’re number 46 out of 50 in terms of percentage of deaths in nursing homes—46 out of 50. So, yes, people died in nursing homes. Yes, we’ve learned a lot of lessons, but 46 out of 50, it’s not a predominantly New York problem.”

The Department of Justice’s civil rights division sent a letter to the state demanding a breakdown of hospital death data, which the New York Department of Health has been collecting since at least April but has never made public. The letters to the private nursing homes, in the meantime, are a vast expansion of a similar request in April that was aimed as several dozen publicly-run facilities.

Asked about the delay on Wednesday, the state health department repeated what it has been saying for months: that it needs more time to doublecheck the figures for accuracy.

Separately, the Justice Department also sent a letter to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey questioning his state’s nursing home death count while announcing that it is launching a formal investigation of the state’s veterans homes after receiving what it described as incomplete answers to an earlier request for data.

The Murphy administration wouldn’t comment on the substance of the investigation. It called the new inquiries politically motivated.

Spokesman Michael Zhadanovsky said: “The fact that this request from the Department of Justice was announced a week before Election Day speaks volumes about the nature of the review.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Wheres the kin of those who died in nursing homes, heard nothing since day 1 alone, am I missing something

TJM
TJM
3 years ago

Cuomo was cleaning out the nursing homes, how cruel and inhumane! He knew what he was doing!

DebS
DebS
3 years ago

No, Stephen you’re not missing something, the number of deaths related to the “virus” is grossly over stated. No one speaks up because they don’t want to go against “authority” and the so called “experts”. I for one would certainly want an investigation done to see who is at fault.

redink
redink
3 years ago

Nothing is going to happen. Its more than clear that once you reach a political level beyond local You will never ever be held accountable.

Truly some animals are more equal than others.

Adjust expectations and act accordingly.

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
3 years ago

The fake news media will see this gets swept under the rug, can’t let the facts come out !
God Bless America !
God Bless President Donald J. Trump !
God Bless the NRA !
Save America, Vote Republican !

David Spade
David Spade
3 years ago

To place infected patients with nursing home residents was just plain wrong. The most vulnerable were subjected to high levels of the virus, and most knowing people agreed that older Americans could not fight the illness. Cuomo did not need an advanced medical degree to know that….common sense should have kicked in. There was enough risk with the caregivers transmitting the virus, let alone bringing in those patients who were already diagnosed with the illness. Shame on him and his minions for letting that happen. He should be investigated immediately for risking the lives of his constituents by his error in judgement or his intentional failings.

aluminum head
aluminum head
3 years ago

The pseudo – mafioso better die in prison. Slowly and painfully, preferedly.

Trump – Pence Nov. 3rd. Landslide victory for “we the people.”

Garye
Garye
3 years ago

I pray these failed self serving democrat governors finally are exposed!
Equal justice under the law.
Total dereliction of their oaths.

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

Sounds like a Democrat plan for population control. They favor government funding for abortions and death camps for the elderly.

Linda
Linda
3 years ago

Wow! Chinese Communist Party virus? Really??

Matthew Gabor
Matthew Gabor
3 years ago

This is a clear cut case of Obstruction of Justice! I only wish this were done long ago instead of right before the election! I am certain there will be some Falsifying of Records and Tampering With Evidence. With all the different scandals going on right now with DemonRats it is a shame that millions of voters have already mailed in their ballots as I am sure some have changed their minds! Thank you AMAC and THe Epoch Times for keeping us informed each day with these articles. God Bless America!

Linda K
Linda K
3 years ago

What difference does it make? The liberals will still blame Trump.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone listens to these idiots (liberals). Some of the stuff they spew just makes your head spin. I mean, come on man, there’s more than two genders AND kids should be able to choose which of the, apparently infinite, gender they want to be?!!!! Why would you listen to anyone that deranged? Really?

It’s time to stop playing along and say enough is enough.

Janet C
Janet C
3 years ago

I believe one of the purposes of this virus is aimed at older Americans since the initial findings were that seniors were infected the most. What if it’s a plan to kill us off since the older population typically is the most conservative & votes that way?

Rick L
Rick L
3 years ago

Gov. Guido is the guy who was almost primarily responsible for laying the foundation of the housing market crash and resulting recession in 2008/09. His massive expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act on behalf of Prez Clinton and prominent neoprogressive politicians was the beginning of the crisis. When Repubs in the Bush 43 administration tried to make changes, the likes of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd demonized them into silence. Gov. Guido has a left a long skid mark up through today. Hopefully, this investigation will highlight his malign hierocracy and feckless ineptitude.

Gordon
Gordon
3 years ago

No answers. Avoiding or complaining that they need more time. Saying it politically motivated just days before the elections. What are they trying to hide.
If the government wanted to give them more money they would comply in a heartbeat.
Wrong doing???? You be the judge.

Paul W
Paul W
3 years ago

Give me a break. I’ve had it with DOJ probes and expanding probes. How many years of that have we endured with ONE stinkin’ indictment. I’m done wasting my time listening to DOJ smoke-blowin’ bullscat.

Phillip
Phillip
3 years ago

Of course the DOJ inquiries are politically motivated. Let us not be naive and think that sending recovering COVID patients to nursing homes and subsequently fudging the fatality rates or incompletely answering the questions was any less politically motivated. Both sides seek to gain political advantage. Trump wants to gain by showing the Left to be liars; Cuomo seeks to gain by hiding his incompetence.

Art A
Art A
3 years ago

There is no doubt that this is a very sad situation. WHAT IS THE END GAME? ARE WE TRYING TO KEEP SCORE? HOW MANY DIED HOW MANY WAYS? STATISTICS? LITIGATION? It is sad that so many died but the pure numbers are in Cuomo’s favor statistically. Larger base better numbers on the back side. Litigation is next should anything come of this.
This whole thing is misdirection. NOTHING WILL HAPPEN AND IF IT DOES IT WILL TAKE YEARS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE COURTS. LIES AND TRUE LIES!

Lincoln Sorensen
Lincoln Sorensen
3 years ago

This action and the recent indictment of several Chinese nationals is nothing more than an attempt to show “busyness” to deflect from their lack of interest in the Biden family corruption.

Brenda
Brenda
3 years ago

“Too close to the election.” That’s all I keep hearing. If errors were made, it doesn’t matter. Everyone of all persuasions should want to get to the truth about the deaths of our loved ones. I didn’t hear anyone complaining that the false impeachment was too close to the election either.

Nobody’s Business
Nobody’s Business
3 years ago

How come just Democrat governors sent covid patients to old folks homes. It was to get death toll up , so called collateral damage. That way they could put out the narrative that covid was some terrible thing. Of course covid is bad for older people with underlying conditions. We knew that from the start and yet Democrat governors still sent the covid people to help inflict it on old people. If death toll is up you can scare everyone. Just look what happened when President Trump and his inner circle got it the media acted like it was a death sentence yet most didn’t have any symptoms. Professional athletes who are in the best of healthy conditions were shut down when there is a 99.97 % survival rate. Way better than driving a car or numerous other things we do in life. It’s to see how much we’ll put up from the government as a precursor to socialism. Everyone take your states back. Hiding under your bed is not living.

CCurd
CCurd
3 years ago

Cuomo is guilty of mass murder as much as any other serial killer/terrorist. We generally prosecute, convict, execute, or at least imprison those types of criminals. And this guy had the time, in the midst of a pandemic, to write a book on how well he handled Covid in New York? Give me a break. They would’ve had NOTHING had Trump not provided it. Then, after begging for the sun, the moon, & the stars getting them, they didn’t even use them! He deprived people in this country & around the world of those unused resources. Has ANYBODY asked him who dropped the ball on the Pandemic Response Plan started after 9/11 by Bloomberg in New York City? Google it! Now Crazy Nancy is depriving citizens of a much needed stimulus check because the Senate won’t approve HER astronomical bill that would bailout all those Democrat States who are so far in debt due to fiscal mismanagement. Remember the first one where she got money for The Kennedy Center, NY Symphony, etc when that money was needed by our citizens? The High Society Entities were not high up on anybody else’s list-they were too worried about losing their jobs, their homes, & feeding their families! The Demonic Democrats have some really high priorities don’t they? Dear God, I wish this election was over! 2016 was horrible but this time is so much worse!

Peter Lagasse
Peter Lagasse
3 years ago

It is sad that almost every one is politicizing this serious issue. Why can’t we work together, be open and honest with our data and not try to play with numbers and people’s lives.
It leads people to not believe any organization or government agencies. We really don’t know who to trust. The American citizens are learning to trust no one.

Ragingbull
Ragingbull
3 years ago

Janice Dean (weather girl) FNC lost one of her parents at one of these NYC run houses. I do hope she gets involved with a class action lawsuit.

Josephine pooley
Josephine pooley
3 years ago

This is great news but I fear its too little too late!

Evan Bastow
Evan Bastow
3 years ago

They also need to do a investigation into hospitals/health departments/State officials reporting deaths or sicknesses as COVID-19 when they aren’t.

I heard of a person that went into the hospital with pneumonia. They tested her three different times, negative each time. Put her in the COVID-19 wing and then tested again on release – negative. Then when they got their bill to review, it’s listed that she had COVID-19.

Ssong
Ssong
3 years ago

I read about 12,500 nursing home deaths, then suddenly that disappeared.
Varying numbers followed, slowly working up to the current 6,500 number.
I do believe that in the end, it will be found that more than 12,000 of our elders were murdered by this disgusting despot.
And he pulled his own mother out of her nursing home, too, before signing the infamous executive order.

Carla Anderson
Carla Anderson
3 years ago

This right here…..The governor has repeatedly denied access to the relevant data to lawmakers and the media, is enough to prove he is guilty of contributing to the deaths!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is he hiding????? Why is he denying access????

I am so sick of the way Democrats are skating through every single crisis they themselves have caused. When will the GOP leaders finally have some balls and use their clout and money to come out on the MSM to tell the public the truth?!?!?!?!

I am at the point in my life where I don’t want to know or associate anyone who would vote for a DEMONRAT!!!! John F. Kennedy has to be rolling in his grave to see how the party he represented has turned out. In fact, he was killed by his own party for his beliefs!!!!!

Ed J
Ed J
3 years ago

No matter what anyone in the Trump administration tries to do, the Demsheviks will beat their breasts, whine “poor little me” and claim everything is politically motivated in order to deflect and redirect attention away from themselves, their failures and their corrupt actions. At no time will these miscreants ever put on their big-boy or big-girl pants, step up to the plate and admit they failed across the board. But then, do we realistically expect anything else from the Demsheviks? Of course NOT!

Judy
Judy
3 years ago

‘Crime does not pay,’ ‘Your bad deeds will find you out.’ Holy Bible scripture reads, ‘What is done in darkness will be brought out in the light.’
Laws were originally established for transgressors. God’s Word teaches that before the light of the Gospel shined upon us, we were under a schoolmaster, a law unto ourselves knowing good from evil. When Christ’s Gospel was taught to us and we believed, we were no longer under a schoolmaster and the law was done away through Christ.
No matter how long it may take, at some point all will face judgement for their sins. Every Governor who placed elderly infected or recovering from COVID-19 into nursing homes are being investigated because of the negligence of their actions, not for any other reason they want to create an excuse for. Obviously N.Y. Governor Quomo feels completely justified in his decision to send the virus infected elderly to nursing homes. He shows no compassion and no remorse. His ‘DAY’ is coming, as is the Governor of New Jersey and others who did the same.
The Left believes there is no God yet they’re confronted with the evidence that there is constantly. Deception is a funny thing, they deceive themselves and expect others to accept it. God has told us that there are those who were intended for the purpose so that His Power would be revealed. Perfect example was Pharoah, the King of Egypt who God chose to demonstrate to the people of Israel what He would do for them to set them free.
But Man easily forgets and history repeats over and over until ‘the day’ becomes a new and living way; where The Almighty will dwell with His human creation in a ‘New Heaven and a new Earth. Until then we will do what we must do to keep our world safe from those whose intent it is to deceive, destroy and to mame. Pray God will help us and turn the hearts of the people back to Him.

Patty deBingo
Patty deBingo
3 years ago

I would like Gov. Whitmer of Michigan included in the probe. She did NOT count the deaths in all of the senior facilities… only about 1/4 of them. Come on Gov. Gretchen, give us the real numbers. What are you hiding? And, quit telling lies about President Trump. la la la

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

gov. coma thinks he can stall till after the election because this moron thinks chinajoe and cameltoe will win and help him bury these murders, LETS PROVE HIM WRONG! VOTE TRUMP!! R.E.D., KEEP AMERICA FREE!!!

CATHERINE HORNSEY
CATHERINE HORNSEY
3 years ago

All of the Democrats and corporations who think that by backing Antifa and BLM and toeing the party line they will be safe, I think, will be in for a rude awaking. Walmart was in PA, the others will too. The are not safe even if big tech, the media, China Communist Party bail them out for now, blocking news of their corruption, criminal acts, treasonous behavior, all for filling their bank accounts. They pay for protection, when you do this, someone always has more money to buy your info, or perhaps you develop a conscience or find you cannot stomach the lies and such anymore. The fact that you have betrayed all of America to the CCP and you will also loose everything in the end because the people you are in league with have no honor and are much more concerned with covering their own backsides than worrying about yours. I have faith that if they escape judgement here, they will not get by Good Lord, may he have mercy on their souls.

CATHERINE HORNSEY
CATHERINE HORNSEY
3 years ago

Continual whining about supplies and then he kept them in warehouses instead of passing them out.

aluminum head
aluminum head
3 years ago

He should suffocate in a ‘nursing home.’ Hope he does and real soon.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

What a double standard is being weaved! When someone doesn’t get what they want, they make up lies and expect the rest of us to accept what they say. No thank you!!

H W Barbarick
H W Barbarick
3 years ago

All democrat governors have senior blood on their hands for their inept policies regarding senior facilities. We must make them pay a price at the election for this and their dictatorial shut down actions. I hope the investigations bring criminal charges against them. The SHUT DOWNS are costing lives too from other ailments because of neglect! Please vote for Donald Trump and Republicans for US Senate and Congress. We must defeat the democrats and socialism! God bless you all!

Teresa Pinnell
Teresa Pinnell
3 years ago

Yes and he SHOULD be prosecuted- but he won’t be because the rule of law is gone and idiots don’t realize that USA has been infiltrated over decades and it’s finally time for the real face of socialism is revealed.

Dino Deplorable"chump"
Dino Deplorable"chump"
3 years ago

What is it with the cuomo’s and the truth.It must be a dense oc RAT thing,if things work out for them,they take credit.If things don’t work the way they want them then blame the Republicans.Two faced at the least.

Veronica Storey
Veronica Storey
3 years ago

This man Governor Cuomo if you want to call him that, it was shown on TV that he put so many in his nursing home and a lot of them dies from COVID19. I feel he needs to be held accountable and have some prison time for killing those people. He might not have held a gun to their head, but he put them there knowing they had the Coronavirus to die! I am in a state across the map from him. That poor excuse of a so called man better be glad I didn’t have anyone in there and he does need to spend some time in the slammer as they say!

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

Is this really the most pressing issue facing America today? And actually is now history, so what is point of investigation.

JohnH
JohnH
3 years ago

I have been a Republican for a long, long time but I cannot believe how GOP has changed in four years.

Jim
Jim
3 years ago

In other news today Joe Biden was seen today wandering the streets of Scranton PA looking for the debate with his current opponent George Bush who by the way is not running for anything and hasn’t for almost 12 years.When asked about this Joe said “What do you mean this is not 2008 ?” Joe was immediately whisked away by his Handlers and returned to His basement at the Asylum for the Criminally Insane.He was later visited by his son Hunter and the Chinese President who presented him with a large bag of cash to split among family members.Who says crime doesn’t pay?

Kim
Kim
3 years ago

I was with my mother when she passed away, not from Covid, earlier this year. I can’t imagine the heartache felt by family members who were prevented from being with their loved ones as they became ill and suffered their ultimate fate. So, I hope the DOJ also considers the stories of those families who were subjected to this barbaric separation.

Dr.C
Dr.C
3 years ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promoting his new book on his handling of the crisis so there is no need to investigate this great and honorable untouchable racketeer.

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
3 years ago

Hopefully the “justice” department will actually do diligent justice for a change. Tom Wolf of PA needs to answer for his role in the deaths of thousands of PA senior citizens in such facilities as well. Killing off our elderly is not an acceptable thing.

Blue Snail
Blue Snail
3 years ago

Did anyone think the real reason for them to look into this is maybe they want to get the Chinese take out with wuton on the side death count as high as they can incase President Trump is re-elected. I don’t imagine that any numbers woild come out if V.P. Biden is elected. The left never gives up! Attack, attack, attack is all they know.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

As a trained Scientist and Analyst, there is a 95% chance that Covid-19 is a designed virus!! It was intentional for political gain!! The DemocRats and the CCP, all all Communists, place Human Life FAR below the importance of THE CAUSE!!! And, they will do “everything” they can do to get OUR President out-of the White House, as hewing the 2020 Election!!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

What is happening today is exactly why OUR Founders wrote and passed the 2nd Amendment!!  If we are not willing to fight for OUR Country, we do not deserve to have it!!  All Patriots MUST be ready to Take-Up arms an FIGHT when their invasion begins!!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
Bill Brown
3 years ago

Both the DemocRat Party and the National and International News Media belong to the One World Government/Communist Machine!! Turn them all OFF!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

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