There’s no line New York’s King Cuomo won’t cross to cover his vile corruption.
Even though his top aide admitted his administration’s efforts to conceal the truth, Cuomo still places the blame on everyone else.
His own New York Democrat subjects.
Even the nursing home staff.
And this time, he resorted to bullying & intimidation tactics to keep everything hush from the public.
New York Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim received the brunt of King Cuomo’s rage in this latest verbal lashing of his subjects.
Here’s the latest:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York threatened in a private phone call to publicly tarnish Assemblyman Ron Kim over his criticism of the governor’s handling of the state’s nursing homes during the pandemic. https://t.co/hAJdy1ifPw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
Today, that attack happened during the Governor’s news conference.
— Jesse McKinley (@jessemckinley) February 17, 2021
He lost his uncle in one of those nursing homes! @RonTKim is grieving a loved one like thousands of other New Yorkers who deserve clarity and an apology. But today was a new low for @NYGovCuomo Unprofessional doesn’t begin to cover it. He’s a backyard bully of the worst kind. https://t.co/qMclJYSD0v
— Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) February 17, 2021
Governor Cuomo allegedly called Ron Kim and threatened his career after he criticized Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes. https://t.co/qX80MXRz1P
— Truthout (@truthout) February 17, 2021
Cuomo threatens lawmaker Ron Kim over nursing home scandal https://t.co/hj7foSFW2B
— James Hirsen (@thejimjams) February 17, 2021
Assemblyman Ron Kim says he received a threatening phone call from Governor Cuomo last Thursday after Kim publicly criticized his administration for its handling of the COVID-19 nursing home crisis https://t.co/xfysSo52NV
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) February 17, 2021
Is Andrew Cuomo still a hero for left wing imbeciles? It’s amazing how it took nearly a year to catch up with the media’s false narrative that Cuomo was a hero for his covid response. Reality is his performance was objectively worse than any politician in the world. pic.twitter.com/whuDdmPkFF
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 17, 2021
But Ron Kim barked back at King Cuomo:
And it appears the day of reckoning for Cuomo is steadily approaching his door step.
The FBI & U.S. Attorney are knocking on the door demanding answers on his administration’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Brendan Lyons (@Brendan_LyonsTU) February 17, 2021
— Amy Julia Harris (@amyjharris) February 17, 2021
NEW: Andrew Cuomo helped one of his largest donors shield itself from legal consequences as 15,000 nursing home residents died — and then he & his aides underreported that death toll, helping the same donor.
Now he’s attacking Democrats who want answers. https://t.co/KWemoWsuxB
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 17, 2021
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) February 17, 2021
— New York Post (@nypost) February 18, 2021
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) February 18, 2021
The damage is so bad that even Fake News CNN is distancing themselves from King Cuomo:
— New York Post (@nypost) February 17, 2021
CNN will finally ban Chris Cuomo from interviewing his brother, but only after 15,000+ seniors died and their deaths were covered up.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) February 17, 2021
No more jolly laughter from the king and court jester it appears.
With both sides of the aisle now fuming over Cuomo’s nursing home scandal, I expect his days are finally numbered as New York governor.
There are already massive calls for his resignation or impeachment.
Sign the petition | Impeach Cuomo https://t.co/PqbLTkpVIu
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) February 15, 2021
New York Democrat Lawmakers Rise In Rebellion, Push to Impeach Governor Andrew Cuomo Over COVID-19 Lies https://t.co/Q70JBeugwB
— Brandon Morse (beep/boop) (@TheBrandonMorse) February 17, 2021
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has wielded dictatorial powers for long enough https://t.co/7s3JGXPtSC
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) February 17, 2021
Gov. Cuomo is threatening retribution against Dems demanding answers about underreported COVID deaths and his effort to help an industry group shield nursing home execs.
Cuomo-gate: A Nixonian Scandal Is Engulfing New York https://t.co/78dc66b6rP
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 17, 2021
Andrew Cuomo can not be trusted to resign. He has proven he cannot accept responbility for any of his actions. The legislature must do their jobs and investigate and impeach this corrupt Governor. #CuomoCoveruphttps://t.co/lEQmnde4o9
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) February 16, 2021
Fox News reported on Democrat outrage of Cuomo:
Nine Democratic New York State Assembly members signed a letter to their colleagues accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of obstruction of justice and asking that lawmakers set aside political loyalty and oppose him.
The letter comes after an aide in Cuomo’s administration admitted that data regarding nursing home coronavirus deaths were intentionally withheld from state lawmakers. Cuomo has been accused of contributing to the high number of nursing home casualties due to a March 2020 directive that prohibited nursing homes from turning away people because they had COVID-19.
“We implore you to set aside any concerns of loyalty or disloyalty to this Governor, or that this matter is politicized,” said the letter, dated Tuesday. “We must absolutely consider above all the sanctity of the democratic institution that we call the Legislature of the State of New York, and resolutely pursue justice in the face of an executive who we can say without hesitation has engaged in intentional criminal wrongdoing.”
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa had reportedly admitted that the administration intentionally kept the nursing home data under wraps out of fear of possible repercussions from the Department of Justice. DeRosa later said that she “was explaining that when we received the DOJ inquiry, we needed to temporarily set aside the Legislature’s request to deal with the federal request first.”
The lawmakers accused Cuomo of obstruction of justice by withholding information “[i]n an attempt to circumvent a United States Department of Justice probe, and despite a joint hearing held by the State Legislature last August in which representatives of the Cuomo administration were compelled to testify and answer crucial questions to our body.”
The letter mentions that Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat from Queens whose uncle was in a nursing home and died of COVID-19, is introducing a bill along with state Senator Alessandra Biaggi to repeal the amendments passed last year that extended Cuomo’s emergency powers.
“This is a necessary first step in beginning to right the criminal wrongs of this Governor and his administration,” the letter continued. The Assembly members went on to say that this alone would not be enough, stating that failure to do this “and engage in additional measures to seek the realization of justice” would make them “complicit” in the obstruction “and conscious omission of nursing home deaths data.
Those “additional measures,” the letter said, include overriding a possible executive veto “and potentially the commencement of impeachment proceedings against Governor Cuomo.”
Times Union reported on the impending probe:
The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn have launched an investigation that is examining, at least in part, the actions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s coronavirus task force in its handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the pandemic, the Times Union has learned.
The probe by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York is apparently in its early stages and is focusing on the work of some of the senior members of the governor’s task force, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who is not authorized to comment publicly.
Last March, as the virus began spreading in New York, Cuomo issued a news release listing the 13 initial members of his coronavirus task force, which has been headed by Linda Lacewell, an attorney and former chief of staff for Cuomo. Lacewell is the superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services. Other task force members include state health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and Beth Garvey, counsel to the governor.
“As we publicly said, DOJ (Department of Justice) has been looking into this for months,” said Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor. “We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to.”
Azzopardi did not disclose whether any members of the administration have been interviewed or if they have been served with any subpoenas.
John Marzulli, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, on Wednesday afternoon said he could not “confirm or deny” whether the office has initiated an investigation.
Nearly three weeks after the governor’s task force was announced last year, the state health department issued an order directing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that they must accept residents who were being discharged from hospitals even if they were still testing positive for the infectious disease, as long as they were able to care for them properly.
That directive, which was rescinded less than two months later, has been the focus of a firestorm of criticism directed at Cuomo’s administration, including allegations that the order — which the governor said was based on federal guidance — had contributed to the high number of fatalities of nursing home residents in New York. That assertion was largely dismissed in a report by the Department of Health that was released in July.
Last month, the office of Attorney General Letitia James issued a scathing report that concluded the practice may have increased the risk of COVID-19 infections at the congregate facilities and that Cuomo’s administration had delayed reporting that thousands of additional nursing home residents died at hospitals after being infected in their residential facilities.
It’s unclear whether the federal probe by the office of acting U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme is tied to two letters that Cuomo’s administration received from a civil division attorney at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., last year seeking information on the state’s nursing home policies and data.
The controversy boiled over again last week when DeRosa, in a closed-door meeting with key Democrats in the state Legislature with the authority to subpoena and investigate the governor’s administration, told the group that the administration had withheld information lawmakers had requested on nursing homes for months due to the Justice Department’s inquiry.
DeRosa, in the private meeting that was the subject of a subsequent leak, characterized the Justice Department official who sent the letter, Jeffrey Clark, an attorney who headed the department’s civil division, as a “political hack” that she contended had pursued the probe at the urging of President Donald J. Trump.
“Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice or what we give to you guys and what we start saying was going to be used against us and we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation,” DeRosa told the Democratic lawmakers.
In a formal statement a day after her remarks were leaked, DeRosa said the administration has cooperated fully with the Department of Justice.
The recent probe by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn is not the first time that New York City-based federal prosecutors have launched investigations in New York’s Northern District, which stretches from Kingston to the Canadian border with headquarters in Albany and Syracuse. A sprawling fraud and bribery case involving top Cuomo aides in Albany was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan; the prosecution of NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere and other top members of his organization was handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, issued a statement Wednesday urging President Joe Biden to allow Antoinette Bacon, the acting U.S. attorney in New York’s Northern District, to be assigned to investigate Cuomo’s administration in connection with its reporting of nursing home fatalities.
Grassley noted that the U.S. attorney in New York’s Manhattan-based Southern District, Audrey Strauss, is the mother-in-law of DeRosa and should not be involved in any probe.
Cuomo’s days are numbered.
It appears resignation or impeachment is on the horizon.
The question how much longer will Cuomo’s reign last.