New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), or one of his senior aides, may soon face accountability for potentially criminal behavior after it was discovered that Cuomo’s team deliberately covered up the true number of COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes for political purposes.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) announced Friday that he intends to formally file a criminal complaint against Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, and strongly implied that Cuomo could face consequences in the near future as well, Breitbart reported.
Speaking Friday with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Reed said, “Now we have Gov. Cuomo’s second in command, essentially, on a taped confession to fellow Democratic lawmakers admitting she committed criminal activity to cover up for what they were hiding from the federal officials.”
In a private conference call with Democratic lawmakers in the state, DeRosa admitted that the Cuomo administration had covered up the COVID death toll in nursing homes while apologizing for the political problem it had created.
A New York Post report contains leaked audio recording of the call, in which DeRosa sought to justify why Cuomo’s team had decided to conceal the actual nursing home fatality figures, namely out of concern over sharply critical tweets from then-President Donald Trump and the possibility of a federal investigation by the Justice Department.
“And basically, we froze,” DeRosa said. “Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.
“So we do apologize,” she added later, albeit not for the unnecessary deaths or to the grieving families, but to the Democratic legislators. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”
Reed said that Cuomo’s March 25 directive to place recovering COVID patients — who were still positive for the deadly virus — inside nursing homes full of the most vulnerable was tantamount to “sending 15,000 peoples to their death.”
“This, obviously, cannot go unaccounted for,” Reed said, adding that “the days of Cuomo are going to be numbered in Albany here.”
“But, most important, we need to start with this second in command,” he said. “I’m demanding — I’m going to be looking at filing a personal criminal complaint against this individual, today, in local law enforcement offices, as well as federal offices. Because she needs to be arrested today.”
“She is a criminal actor here, so I’m going after her right now,” Reed said. “But don’t make any mistake about it, Gov. Cuomo will be held to account and this is where it starts. Thank God we are getting to the bottom of this COVID disaster that Gov. Cuomo ordered 15,000 residents to their death.”