The Republican leader of the New York State Assembly believes there is enough evidence to impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo for concealing the true number of deceased seniors in nursing homes in the state.
“I don’t know how close we are to impeachment, but what we are calling for is an impeachment commission, a bipartisan commission made up of eight members, four Republicans, four Democrats, to investigate whether there were crimes committed by the governor with his cover-up of nursing home deaths in New York state,” Assemblyman Will Barclay said.
Barclay said the bipartisan impeachment commission would have “60 days to investigate and then deliver the report to the state legislature.”
“[There is] enough evidence to begin the impeachment process. Obviously, we have the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York investigating this. We have the FBI investigating it. And there’s no reason why the state legislature can’t start investigating this.”
Over 1,000 deaths
Policies taken on by the Andrew Cuomo administration may have caused the COVID-19 deaths of more than 1,000 seniors in the state’s homes.
A study by the nonprofit Empire Center for Public Policy revealed that the governor’s order issued on March 25, 2020 would have caused “several hundred and possibly more than 1,000” deaths.
Last month, Attorney General Letitia James said the March 25 directive “may have put residents at greater risk of harm at some facilities.”
The prosecution’s report prompted Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, to privately admit that her administration concealed the total number of nursing home deaths from local lawmakers amid a Justice Department investigation.
Last Thursday, February 18, it was learned that the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are investigating the New York governor’s staff after it was learned that he knowingly lied about the true number of elderly nursing home deaths.
Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have called for an independent investigation into the governor’s handling of nursing homes. They accuse Cuomo of committing an “intentional criminal offense.”
The lawmakers accuse Cuomo of obstruction of justice by withholding information on the number of deceased seniors in nursing homes in an attempt to evade a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.