Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) today renewed his call for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide all data on nursing home deaths related to his must admit order and requested transcribed interviews with top officials involved with the deadly mandate.
On February 11, 2021, it was revealed that Melissa DeRosa, Governor Cuomo’s top aide, told New York Senate Democrats that the Cuomo Administration intentionally withheld the state’s nursing home death toll from the U.S. Department of Justice. Governor Cuomo also reportedly threatened a Democrat New York State Assemblyman if he did not participate in his scheme to cover up nursing home fatalities.
“This apparent obstruction of justice necessitates an immediate and thorough investigation by Congress especially in light of the recent revelation that you and your Administration engaged in a cover-up aimed at concealing your culpability in New York State’s COVID-19 nursing home crisis,” wrote Scalise. “Recent reporting suggests that your attempts to cover-up the truth and conceal your culpability extend beyond obstruction to threats of retaliation toward anyone who might cross you. This behavior appears to be your modus operandi when anyone attempts to question your ‘leadership.’”
In June 2020, Select Subcommittee Republicans called on Governor Cuomo to provide information regarding his decision to mandate nursing homes and long-term care facilities to admit untested and contagious COVID-19 patients from hospitals and again renewed the request in July 2020 and in January 2021. Select Subcommittee Republicans and the New York delegation also called on New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the origins of Governor Cuomo’s deadly nursing home order and the impact it had on the state’s elderly population.