Andrew Cuomo Reportedly Being Investigated Over Nursing Home Scandal

  • Andrew Cuomo Reportedly Being Investigated Over Nursing Home Scandal

Andrew Cuomo Reportedly Being Investigated Over Nursing Home Scandal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an attack on one of the critics of his nursing home policies - Assemblyman Ron Kim, who lost his uncle to COVID-19 in a nursing home.

A joint probe conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Brooklyn U.S. attorney's office has been opened regarding potential wrong-doing taken by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's (D-NY) coronavirus task force over the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes.

The investigation, first reported by the Albany Times Union, is in its initial stages.

The inquiry began months ago in the Justice Department's civil division, and parts of it have previously been disclosed publicly.

Last week, an aide conceded the administration withheld the nursing home death toll from state lawmakers out of fear it would be used against the state by the Trump administration. More data was sought in October. The governor said he based the decision on federal guidance at the time and insisted staff members, not residents discharged from hospitals, brought coronavirus into nursing homes.

In recent weeks, the administration revealed that 15,000 long-term care residents have died, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed. The governor also accused Kim of being "unethical" for backing nail salon owners as lawmakers discussed safety and wage reforms of the industry in 2015. "We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges of what millions of American families were struggling with was of significant human interest", CNN defended the Cuomo-Cuomo interviews to the Post.

In a statement, Cuomo senior advisor Rich Azzopardi called Kim "unscrupulous", and said it is the Assemblyman who is "lying".

Cuomo slammed then United States Attorney General William Barr at the time.

It wasn't clear whether the proposal had support in the state Assembly.

"So much for Mr. Kim's credibility, and I said to him on the phone, 'You know, there is still integrity and honor and decency in politics, ' but that's that for Mr. Kim", Cuomo said on Wednesday.

He is among a growing number of bi-partisan legislators seeking an independent investigation on the suppression of nursing home death numbers.

Cuomo on Monday said the state didn't cover up deaths, but should have moved faster to release information.

"I do believe Ron Kim acted unethically, if not illegally", said Cuomo.

"These facts are not going way because they are the facts- unacceptable facts that hold him accountable", Kim said in the statement. You're not a lawyer.' It nearly felt like in retrospect he was trying to bait me and anger me and say something inappropriate. Cuomo has denied accusations of obstruction of justice.

Kim told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cuomo called him on the phone February 11 and shouted at him.