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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 CuomoAlbany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Another former Cuomo aide accuses him of harassment David Sirota: Media should 'apologize' for early coverage of Cuomo's pandemic handling MORE (D) over the state’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

The lawmakers led by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikParliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package Cuomo asks New York AG to appoint independent attorney to investigate sexual harassment claims Psaki: Cuomo should face 'independent review' over sexual harassment allegations 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 ReedDemocrats under pressure to deliver on labor's 'litmus test' bill Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE, Chris Jacobs, Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinMajority of New York voters say Cuomo should not be reelected: poll GOP lawmaker 'actively exploring' run for New York governor Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in on Trump impeachment trial; Biden administration eyes timeline for mass vaccinations MORE, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Garbarino and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHouse-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure Federal agencies ordered to patch systems immediately following flaw in Microsoft app MORE.