Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in hot water after a recent report accused him of a pattern of sexual misconduct, but a recent Department of Justice decision ensured that he and the Democratic governors of Pennsylvania and Michigan would not be investigated over the rate of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
For his part, Daily Caller contributor Greg Price pointed to the Justice Department determination as evidence of a two-tier system in place under the Biden administration.
“We have reviewed the information”
The agency requested data about nursing home deaths in the three states about a year ago but has subsequently declined a request from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) to pursue an investigation.
In response to that request, the Justice Department wrote: “We have reviewed the information you provided along with additional information available to the Department. Based on that review, we have decided not to open a [Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act] investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennslyvania, or Michigan at this time.”
Along with those three states, the Democratic governors of Massachusetts and New Jersey also ordered that COVID-infected nursing home residents be allowed back into the facilities prior to a negative test result.
As a result, critics say countless elderly long-term care patients were likely infected and died during the early months of the pandemic.
The Daily Caller published evidence that New York had been undercounting nursing home deaths and that Cuomo aides were withholding or altering data.
“In the middle of a presidential election”
Price responded to the situation by declaring: “It has become part of a pattern of federal prosecutors seemingly ignoring corruption from some powerful figures of America’s ruling class, while targeting others.”
Another example of that pattern, he wrote, could be found in reports that U.S. attorneys in Delaware kept a lid on their investigation of Hunter Biden during the presidential election.
According to Politico, that probe might have involved subpoenas as early as August 2020, but U.S. Attorney David Weiss faced pressure “to avoid taking any action that could alert the public to the existence of the case in the middle of a presidential election.”
In making his overall argument, Price also cited comments made by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other Republicans regarding those arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
“According to reporting, prosecutors handling federal felony cases in Portland have approved deferred resolution agreements instead of prosecuting cases,” Grassley said in June. “This leniency is distinct from the aggressive prosecution of Jan. 6 related crimes. The law must be applied equally without regard to party, power or privilege.”