Legal experts have warned that the so-called underestimation of deaths in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may rise to a criminal offence.
Cuomo found himself at the center of a federal investigation, investigating whether his government tried to cover up the true cost of the epidemic.
The New York Post reported earlier this month that Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, told members of Congress that they kept these figures because they were worried they were “against us”.
In a column in the Wall Street Journal, John B. Daukas, who was the acting U.S. Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, wrote that De Rosa’s report acknowledged that the Cuomo government was “not only negligent , And deliberately and perhaps a criminal.”
Daucas said that many federal regulations may apply, noting that the Cuomo government has accused the federal government of making false statements and trying to prevent investigations.
“Even if it is not possible to prove that Cuomo’s administration knowingly provided false information to the judiciary and (Medicare and Medicaid Services Center), New York’s deliberate failure to provide information may itself constitute a criminal offence, especially if the intention is to stop the federal Investigation-After all, this is reportedly what Ms. DeRosa said the government did.”
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said on Saturday that DeRosa’s election as a member (if true) constitutes a potential obstacle to judicial charges. According to federal regulations, Garrett pointed out that if a government official forges or conceals evidence to avoid triggering an investigation (or out of fear that such an investigation may be conducted), the official should still be punished under the Obstacle Law. ”
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The nursing home scandal dealt a heavy blow to the governor’s high degree of favor. In the early days of the pandemic, the governor broadcasted daily briefings on television. These briefings were patrilineal and almost philosophical. They also severely criticized the Trump administration. With the help of his CNN news host brother, they became a must-see TV show in the country.
Despite the large number of deaths in Johnson State, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 46,000 people in New York State have died of COVID-19, but Cuomo’s popularity has soared. In October, Cuomo took the first lap of victory and released a book entitled “The American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
However, the issue of nursing homes broke out in two recent revelations. First, the state’s Democratic Attorney General condemned the Cuomo government for minimizing deaths in nursing homes by excluding certain deaths from the count. Then, the Cuomo administration revealed that at least 15,000 people living in long-term care facilities had died of COVID-19, almost twice the number originally disclosed by Cuomo.
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Christina Greer, professor of political science at Fordham University, said: “The story of the nursing home does expose a lot of questions about his leadership style and success during COVID.” “The governor. Wrote a book and praised his achievements. We don’t know if we are far away from the epidemic.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.