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GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths

GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths
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GOP senators wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday demanding an investigation into New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin New York lawmakers pass bill allowing gender-neutral 'X' on state ID Republican NY state senator: Single-payer health care bill won't get a vote this week MORE’s (D) handling of nursing home deaths during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“That so many people needlessly lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration—an administration that many have lauded over the past year—is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting,” the letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick DurbinDick DurbinEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Trump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US MORE (D-Ill.) says.

The letter is signed by nine Republican members of the committee: Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE (Texas), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Iowa governor questions lack of notice on migrant children flights to Des Moines Senate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices MORE (Iowa), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema GOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election MORE (S.C.), John CornynJohn CornynBipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua Bipartisan Senate group announces infrastructure deal McConnell: 'Good chance' for infrastructure deal after talks unravel MORE (Texas), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Matt Stoller says cheerleading industry shows why antitrust laws are 'insufficient' Senate chaos: Johnson delays exit as votes pushed to Friday MORE (Utah), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyConcerns grow over China's Taiwan plans GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack MORE (Mo.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military Media continues to lionize Anthony Fauci, despite his damning emails MORE (Ark.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Lara Trump lost her best opportunity — if she ever really wanted it 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 MORE (N.C.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Pentagon report clears use of drones made by top Chinese manufacturer Military families should not have to endure food insecurity MORE (Tenn.).

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Cuomo has been under fire after reports showed that his administration waited to report thousands of nursing home deaths after Cuomo told nursing homes at the beginning of the pandemic that they had to accept residents even if they tested positive for the virus. 

“These new revelations, however, that Governor Cuomo’s administration withheld information from the Department of Justice and intentionally misled federal officials to avoid political accountability is more than irresponsible: it is very possibly criminal,” the letter states.

Cuomo has also drawn criticism from members of his own party. On Wednesday, New York state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) revealed that the governor had threatened him over his criticism of Cuomo's handling of the pandemic. 

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Wednesday that they are investigating the matter and talking to members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force. 

The letter calls for Durbin to open an investigation and hold hearings on the matter because the “American people deserve to know the extent to which Governor Cuomo and his senior staff violated the civil rights of New York seniors, lied to the Department of Justice about their actions, and violated federal civil and criminal laws in the process.”

Cuomo has refused to apologize for his actions, and his office has said they will work with the Department of Justice in an investigation. 

The Hill has reached out to Cuomo for comment.