In an interview with Fox News’ “Justice with Jeanine Pirro” on Saturday, the congresswoman said a federal investigation must be held into Cuomo’s administration, after a Jan. 28 report (pdf) from the state attorney general’s office revealed health officials underreported CCP virus-related nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent in some places.
“I want to see a federal investigation because I think there were criminal acts conducted by the governor, by his senior staff. I want a very public and transparent investigation,” Stefanik told Pirro.
The congresswoman, who has characterized the revelations as “a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State government,” said she believes that the New York Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, should tender his resignation following the release of the 76-page report.
The report followed an investigation into the state’s nursing home responses during the pandemic over allegations of patient neglect and other misconduct.
Stefanik also called for Cuomo’s resignation if the investigation reveals any misconduct.
“I think he [Cuomo] should resign if there’s a criminal coverup, which I believe there is,” she said.
Preliminary data from the investigation into nursing homes suggests that many nursing home residents who had to be transferred to hospital died there from COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
These cases were not reflected in the state Department of Health’s (DOH) published totals for nursing home deaths. The attorney general’s office had compared data reported to its office from 62 nursing homes, which represents 10 percent of the total facilities in New York, to data reported to DOH.
The attorney general also found that some nursing homes underreported their resident deaths to the DOH.
The CCP virus-related nursing home deaths have been a focal point for Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic. He has repeatedly pushed back against assertions that his policies played any role in the deaths.
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