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Home Republicans on Thursday supplied The Put up with a duplicate of an email despatched final week to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legal professional asking him to look at a Wednesday listening to on New York’s nursing dwelling deaths scandal — casting doubt on his spokesman’s declare it acquired misplaced by the Postal Service.
Home oversight committee staffer Ashlee Vinyard emailed Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin on Sept. 16 directing her to “the attached invitation to Mr. Cuomo,” which the panel’s GOP majority also tweeted. Vinyard requested Glavin to “acknowledge receipt,” however she didn’t.
Home Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), the highest Republican on the Home Choose Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Disaster, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) slammed Cuomo’s absence Wednesday, vowing to power his testimony with a subpoena subsequent 12 months if Republicans retake the Home.
However Cuomo spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi instructed The Put up on Wednesday that the invitation by no means arrived.
“Scalise ought to be taught to make use of [the] Postal Service as a result of we by no means obtained the letter,” Azzopardi stated.
Glavin and Azzopardi didn’t instantly reply to The Put up’s inquiries on the e-mail proof equipped by the Republicans on the committee.
Scalise tore into Cuomo’s excuse in an announcement to The Put up, saying that Cuomo “continues to distort the information and shift blame as he tries to cowl up the reality about his lethal order sending COVID-positive sufferers into nursing properties.”
“We despatched his lawyer an digital invitation to look earlier than the subcommittee, however the former governor continues to dam transparency and stonewall congressional oversight,” Scalise stated.
“Moreover, we’ve referred to as on Cuomo a number of instances to supply data and knowledge about his lethal ‘should admit’ order, however to this point he continues protecting up the reality. People deserve transparency and accountability, and the hundreds of members of the family who misplaced family members deserve solutions from the person who gave the lethal order forcing COVID-positive sufferers again into nurs ing properties.”
Scalise added that “when Republicans take again the Home and have subpoena powers, Cuomo gained’t be capable of conceal any longer from the accountability and transparency of congressional oversight.”
Stefanik, in the meantime, stated she thought-about Cuomo’s successor and former lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, “complicit” within the nursing dwelling deaths.
“Since Gov. Cuomo has been compelled to resign, Kathy Hochul, who was the sitting lieutenant governor, promised to struggle for transparency. She lied when she stated that,” Stefanik stated throughout the Wednesday listening to.
“As households got here ahead, they tried to succeed in the governor and share their views, in addition to nursing dwelling staff. However what was the governor targeted on?” Stefanik stated. “He was targeted on successful his Emmy, which has since been taken away from him, and he was targeted on cooking the books, withholding the numbers, so he may get his $5.2 million e-book contract, which was unethical.”
In the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Cuomo on March 25, 2020, barred nursing properties from turning away sufferers “solely based mostly on a confirmed or suspected analysis of COVID-19,” which the households of victims say triggered the deaths of hundreds of aged residents.
Cuomo’s order, in impact for lower than two months, was meant to ease hospital crowding. However critics say it as an alternative triggered pointless deaths as federal treatment facilities unveiled with nice fanfare by then-President Trump had been closed attributable to too few patients.
The Justice Division launched investigations in 2020 into whether or not New York violated the federal civil rights of nursing dwelling sufferers and whether or not services supplied “grossly substandard care.” The FBI later probed an obvious coverup of deaths knowledge.
The Put up revealed final 12 months that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa confessed to Democratic legislators that the administration determined to hide nursing dwelling demise statistics as a result of “we froze” out of worry that the info would “be used in opposition to us” by prosecutors.
Federal investigations apparently had been discontinued after President Biden took workplace and changed Trump administration leaders on the Justice Division.
New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James, a Democrat, final 12 months stated there have been about 50 percent extra nursing dwelling affected person deaths than reported by Cuomo’s administration. Her report indicated nearly one-third of New York’s greater than 43,000 COVID-19 deaths on the time had been linked to nursing properties.
Greater than 13,000 New York nursing dwelling sufferers could have died from the virus, based on James. The official state depend acknowledged 8,711 deaths on the time. Earlier than James launched her findings, an Associated Press analysis in August 2020 discovered 11,000 New York nursing dwelling residents could have died.
A e-book launched final month by former White Home adviser Jared Kushner stated that Cuomo particularly talked about his concern about nursing dwelling security 10 days before ordering homes to take sick sufferers.
Cuomo allegedly instructed Kushner “For nursing properties, this could possibly be like fireplace via dry grass,” earlier than continuing to difficulty the controversial order the next week.