Rep. Stefanik blasts DOJ for dropping probe into COVID-related nursing home deaths

The Department of Justice announced last week that it would be dropping a probe into Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial order sending COVID-19 patients back to their nursing homes.

Thousands of elderly New Yorkers in such facilities died from the pandemic virus, possibly linked to the governor’s order — and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) responded by asserting that President Joe Biden and his Justice Department are now “complicit” in those deaths.

“Answers and accountability”

The New York Republican went on to suggest that Biden’s complicity also extended to the apparent effort to downplay of the true death COVID-related death toll among the state’s nursing home population.

“This decision from President Biden’s Department of Justice makes President Biden complicit in the criminal corruption scandal and coverup of deaths of thousands of vulnerable seniors,” Stefanik explained in a statement on Friday.

She went on to assert that residents of the state “deserve answers and accountability” in regard to the governor’s order.

“I was the first member of Congress to call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s corrupt criminal coverup and I will continue to fight for the families who lost loved ones because of the cruelty and corruption of our Governor,” Stefanik added.

Specifically, she called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate certain aspects of the situation.

“Blatant criminal coverup”

What did Governor Cuomo promise President Joe Biden in his White House meeting?” she asked. “And how can the DOJ not investigate such a blatantly criminal coverup? Tens of thousands of heartbroken New Yorkers are counting on us to deliver justice for their loved ones. We will never give up.”

In August, the Trump administration’s Justice Department initiated a probe into COVID-related nursing home deaths potentially related to orders handed down months earlier by Cuomo and the Democratic governors of Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

The agency was looking to see if those states had violated the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act and requested that certain documents be turned over to federal investigators.

In a letter to House GOP leaders who supported the probe, however, the Justice Department revealed last week that those investigations would no longer be pursued.

House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis ranking Republican Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) decried the “shameful” decision, adding: “They’re complicit in these Democrat governors’ cover ups. Families who lost loved ones deserve better.”

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