New York assembly ‘inching toward’ impeachment of Gov. Cuomo: report

The push to impeach New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) appears to be gaining momentum.

The New York legislature is “inching toward” approving an impeachment probe of Cuomo, in light of the recent developments in the state’s coronavirus-related nursing home scandal, the Daily Caller reports.

It’s about time

The Caller based its report on a recent interview of Ronald Kim, a Democratic New York state assemblyman from Queens.

According to Kim, there are currently about 25 to 30 New York Democrats, in addition to “virtually all” New York Republicans, who would be in favor of starting an impeachment probe of Cuomo.

“It will take a little time to build that consensus, but every day we are inching toward the impeachment process,” Kim said in the interview.

Background

If Kim’s name sounds familiar, it is because he is the New York politician who recently alleged that Cuomo at one point threatened to “destroy” him politically for his criticism of Cuomo’s coronavirus-related nursing home policies.

One of those policies allowed recovering Covid-19 patients to be released from hospitals to nursing homes, which, according to a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James, could have facilitated the spread of the coronavirus among the elderly populations, causing unnecessary deaths. Kim’s uncle died in one of the New York nursing homes from the coronavirus.

The other part of this story, also revealed by James, is that Cuomo and his administration underreported to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) the state’s true number of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent — allegedly out of fear of the response from the Trump administration.

The cover-up was recently admitted by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s top aide, in a private conversation with state lawmakers.

An investigation is underway

This week, it was reported that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn are now investigating Cuomo’s administration over its handling of the coronavirus and nursing homes.

Kim, during the interview, said that New York lawmakers expect to be contacted by investigators soon, adding that he is “prepared to comply and spend as much time handing over as much evidence as they want.”

After months of praise for his handling of the coronavirus, the tide appears to be turning against Cuomo. And he’s not the only high-profile Democrat to fall from favor recently — California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is also in trouble with his constituents over his heavy-handed response to the coronavirus (among other issues). A recall effort is well on its way towards qualifying for the ballot, with over 1 million signatures.

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