NY Republicans want Justice Department to subpoena Cuomo over nursing homes

NY Republicans want Justice Department to subpoena Cuomo over nursing homes
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New York’s Republican House delegation is asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to subpoena New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay NY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns MORE (D) over the state’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

The lawmakers led by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWyoming county GOP rejects effort to rescind Cheney's party status Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE (R-N.Y.) sent a letter to acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson on Wednesday requesting the DOJ subpoena Cuomo, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker and their staff for documents relating to the state's COVID-19 nursing home policies.

The letter comes roughly one week after New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) released a report in which she found that the state underreported the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by around 50 percent.

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“Upon taking office, President Biden pledged that the Department of Justice would be independent, with loyalty only to 'the law, the Constitution, and the people of this nation, to guarantee justice,’” the lawmakers wrote.

“In that spirit, we respectfully request the Department of Justice issue subpoenas for Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, the New York State Commissioner of Health and their staff on all documentation and communications related to their nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic,” they wrote. 

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Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo, told The Hill in a statement that “it’s no surprise this QANON Trump puppet, her treason caucus and their friends want to talk about anything other than the approaching once month anniversary of the Capitol insurrection that they helped foment and resulted in the death of a police officer.”

“It's a naked ploy and New Yorkers see right through it. Maybe someone should investigate what she and the rest of the Trump enablers knew about the organizing and planning of this riot,” Azzopardi said.

In a separate statement to The Hill, Alex deGrasse, a senior adviser to Stefanik said "it is a disgrace that the Worst Governor in America and his sycophant hacks are spiraling out of control discussing anything except his corrupt criminal coverup of thousands of tragic nursing home deaths."

"Cuomo and his corrupt team should lawyer up because justice is coming," deGrasse said. 

The letter was also signed by GOP New York Reps. Tom ReedTom ReedThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic leaders racing toward Monday infrastructure vote MORE, Chris Jacobs, Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Zeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Garbarino and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE.