Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to undercount the number of deaths by Covid-19 is a federal criminal offense says former Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General John B. Daukas in an article he wro0te for t6h.e Wall Street Journal. He says that lying to federal officials is indeed a crime. These actions could be considered “a conspiracy to defraud the United States. could be considered obstruction of justice.
It’s a crime to make false statements to the federal government. It’s also a crime to conceal information and otherwise obstruct government investigations, writes John B. Daukas https://t.co/zKxX3cuo78
— WSJ Editorial Page (@WSJopinion) February 21, 2021
The Cuomo administration tried to hide the actual number of deaths for political reasons. Like most scandals, the4 real crimes are in the cover up. New York did something no other state did. If someone contracted Covid in a nursing home but died in a hospital, they didn’t count them. The other 49 counted them. The current death toll from nursing homes in New York is over 15,000.
The Cuomo administration’s decision to under-count nursing deaths was deliberate, according to Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. “We froze,” she told state Democratic lawmakers in a closed conference call, because “we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.” That decision may “merit federal criminal charges,” Daukas argued.
New York political figures are also investigating the nursing home order. State Attorney General Letitia James found that the Cuomo Administration deliberately under-counted nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.
The state legislature is “inching toward” impeaching Cuomo for the nursing home scandal, Queens Democrat Ron Kim said Feb. 19. Kim said Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him in a private phone call at the state assemblyman’s home if Kim did not stop asking questions and publicly criticizing the governor’s handling of the nursing home data.
Already, the New York Legislature sdtri4pped him of his emergency powers. There have been many calls for Andrew Cuomo to resign and there are plans in the works to impeach him but Democrats dominate both houses of the legislature. New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) said Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) threatened to “destroy” him over his comments on the nursing home scandal.