Scandal-plagued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is no longer being investigated by the federal government for violating the civil rights of residents at state-run nursing homes during the pandemic under his controversial admission directive.
Cuomo was feeling triumphantly less embattled at a Monday news conference when he slammed the allegations.
“It was an outrageous allegation,” he claimed. “It was toxic politics. It violated the basic concept of justice in this nation. And it did a lot of harm and a lot of damage and then went on too long. I mean, this went on for like a year, until finally the Department of Justice dismissed it.”
In a letter to the House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday, the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs said that New York’s policy of admitting “medically stable” COVID-19 patients to nursing homes after they were discharged from hospitals was not a violation of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.
Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey, were also implicated in the probe after utilizing similar practices that “may have” killed thousands of elderly nursing home patients.
“We have reviewed the information provided by these states along with additional information available to the Department,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta wrote. “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.”
Though the DOJ’s investigation has been dropped, Cuomo’s administration is still being criminally investigated by the FBI for covering up the actual nursing home coronavirus death toll caused by the policy.
Cuomo is also personally being investigated by the New York Attorney General for sexual harassment allegations made by his female aides. During the press conference he tried to turn the scrutiny onto the officials handling the probe.
“I’m very eager to get the facts to the people of this state and I think when they hear the actual facts of what happened, and how the situation has been handled, I think they’re going to be shocked,” he said. “Shocked. Because at the end of the day, the truth wins and facts win.”