by Bryan Preston, PJ Media:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have an International Emmy to his name. He may have a book deal and he may be the scion of a major political dynasty, and he may have had the adoring press only a major Democrat or movie star can truly take for granted.
He may also be facing impeachment and jail time.
Friday, the head of the state Republican Party called for Gov. Cuomo to be prosecuted for a raft of actual crimes, and to be impeached and removed from office.
The demand comes after a story in the New York Post, showing a recording of a private meeting between Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and several Democrats in the New York State Legislature. In the recording, DeRosa purportedly told Democratic leaders “we froze” when it came to providing them additional requested nursing home data over concerns brought about by comments from then-President Donald Trump.
That sounds an awful lot like obstruction of justice, which would the lesser of crimes Cuomo could face. There’s the matter of the more than 12,000 nursing home deaths in his state, which despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s raving endorsement, battles for the lead in COVID deaths to this day despite having less population than California and Texas, and a younger population than Florida — which has far fewer COVID deaths than New York despite (?) being more open than the other three big states for months.
“He needs to be held accountable for this decision,” Langworthy said. “This is one of the most serious errors ever committed. If last spring or early summer he had just said, ‘We’ve made a huge mistake here’ – which is something he’s incapable of. That day, he didn’t take any accountability. That’s the true sense of a leader. Can they be accountable for their own actions and their own mistakes?”
New York State Senator Robert Ortt echoed the call for accountability, saying the Senate needs to vote to revoke Cuomo’s emergency powers.
“After this report, it is clear the Majority must convene a special session and join us in doing so immediately,” Ortt said.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) has joined calls for Cuomo to go-go. It’s not beyond possibility for congressional hearings to get going.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 12, 2021
New York is under Democrat control. But. New York’s own attorney general, an acolyte of Cuomo, recently published a blistering report on his conduct of the COVID pandemic, specifically, how his administration undercounted the deaths in nursing homes on his watch by about 50%. That could also be a deliberate cover-up.
New York’s nursing home deaths have been the subject of outside scrutiny for months. An Associated Press investigation published in May found that the Cuomo administration ordered more than 4,300 recovering COVID patients to be sent back into nursing homes, despite concerns over whether some of those patients were still contagious.
In the James report released Thursday, the New York Department of Health (DOH) is essentially accused of juking the stats by omitting nursing home patients who died from the coronavirus while in hospital.
“Preliminary data obtained by O.A.G. suggests that many nursing home residents died from Covid-19 in hospitals after being transferred from their nursing homes, which is not reflected in D.O.H.’s published total nursing home death data,” the AG’s office wrote in a summary of the report.