The Biden Justice Department’s decision to drop an investigation into deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes has outraged families whose loved ones died from the coronavirus after Democrat governors in New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut ordered COVID-positive residents back into the facilities during their recoveries, where they were able to infect others.
The investigation into three states — Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania — has been dropped, The Daily Wire reports, while two facilities in New Jersey still face questions.
DOJ drops the ball
In letters to the three states and other legislators, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that states had provided requested information about how the care facilities were required to deal with COVID-19.
The information was sought to help authorities decide whether to open an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).
“Each state provided information in response to the request. We have reviewed the information provided by these states along with additional information available to the Department. Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta wrote to the states, according to The Daily Wire.
“A terrible day”
In response, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, whose in-laws both died from the coronavirus in long-term care facilities in New York, called the decision “a terrible day for thousands of families.”
“There will be no justice for our loved ones, and it feels like we’ve lost them all over again,” she added in a tweet, according to The Daily Wire.
There are still several investigations into @NYGovCuomo here in New York, and I will try to hold out hope for those to prevail, but for the families in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey, this is a soul crushing day.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 23, 2021
“Answers and accountability”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who also got a letter from the DOJ about the dropped investigation, responded with a similar message, calling the move “outrageous,” according to the New York Post.
“Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families?” Scalise said, as The Daily Wire reported. “Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) of New York also blasted the move.
“This decision from President Biden’s Department of Justice makes President Biden complicit in the criminal corruption scandal and cover-up of deaths of thousands of vulnerable seniors,” Stefanik said, according to The Daily Wire. “New Yorkers deserve answers and accountability.”