New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has found himself under investigation by the FBI over his administration’s nursing-home scandal coverup, and former allies are fleeing his sinking ship.
Cuomo is under investigation by the FBI and the office of the US Attorney in Brooklyn for the way his coronavirus task force handled nursing homes and other care facilities during the pandemic. That’s according to New York’s Times-Union newspaper, which reported the probe on Wednesday while acknowledging that it was in its “early stages” and “no allegations of wrongdoing have yet been made.”
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The governor is under the microscope after his aide admitted on a phone call with leading state Democrats that the Cuomo administration had declined to share statistics with them about the number of nursing home deaths for political reasons, citing a probe by then-president Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. New York’s actual number of nursing home deaths was undercounted by at least 50 percent, the state attorney general found last month in a scathing report that occasioned an immediate – and still unexplained and unapologized-for – correction on the state’s website.
While the FBI may not have accused him of anything yet, Cuomo’s inner circle appears to be getting nervous. CNN confirmed on Wednesday that it has reinstated a ban on allowing anchor Chris Cuomo – the governor’s younger brother – to “interview or cover his brother,” while attempting to make excuses for the outlet’s failure to cover the tidal wave of nursing home deaths while it was happening, or connect it to the now-infamous order Cuomo gave in March forbidding nursing homes to test patients arriving from hospitals for Covid-19. Instead, the brothers exchanged jokes and jabs over who was “mother’s favorite” during the interviews.
Nor is it just Cuomo’s brother’s network backing away. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has repeatedly clashed with the governor during the pandemic, managed to throw some shade while insisting everything was business as usual. Asked if a phone call consisting of threats and “10 minutes of yelling” was normal behavior for the governor, de Blasio agreed the call was “classic Andrew Cuomo,” explaining “a lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls.”
The bullying is nothing new.
“The threats, the belittling… many many times I’ve heard that, and I know a lot of other people in the state have heard that,” de Blasio continued, expressing his support for Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens – the latest target to come forward about Cuomo’s “bullying.” Kim was ordered to declare the New York Post had misquoted him after telling the paper the governor’s aide was trying to avoid being caught with incriminating evidence that might get Albany in trouble with the Justice Department.
Social media users on left and right took a rare moment from their mutual partisan sniping to share their disgust over Cuomo’s actions.
While CNN was disgracefully putting Gov. Andrew Cuomo on its airwaves to giggle with his brother as he was heralded as a noble, strong and great leader, @rontkim was doing his job back in April to expose the truth.
Not hard to see why Andrew Cuomo wants to destroy him. https://t.co/elF06uAj63
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 18, 2021
Why is Andrew Cuomo still holding his seat in office?
— Kambree (@KamVTV) February 16, 2021
Remember when every Democratic elite and pundit was saying Andrew Cuomo should be president at the very same time he was presiding over 15,000 elderly people dying in nursing homes while giving his donor a law shielding nursing home execs from legal consequences?
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 18, 2021
Though some couldn’t resist bringing their favorite punching bags into it.
Today would be a good day for Andrew Cuomo, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley to resign.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 13, 2021
The same people desperately trying to figure out if Ted Cruz is in Cancun right now spent all last year ignoring Andrew Cuomo killing thousands of seniors when the story was already completely confirmed
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 18, 2021
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