Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., on Sunday reiterated his call for the Department of Justice to investigate New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s early pandemic order to release elderly hospitalized COVID patients to nursing homes, where the deadly virus quickly spread.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Zeldin alleged “the cover-up is looking a lot like obstruction of justice.”
“That's why along with the rest of the New York Republican congressional delegation, we wrote a letter to the Department of Justice this week asking for an investigation on the obstruction of justice piece specifically, as well as the past calls for DOJ to look into it because we want answers, we want accountability. It’s not for us. We are not asking for it for any of us. It's for the thousands of families of dead New York seniors on behalf of their loved ones.”
According to the Associated Press, more than 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus as of Jan. 19, far greater than the official tally of 8,505 on that day, cementing New York’s toll as one of the highest in the nation.
Zeldin said Cuomo is now “vulnerable” even within his own party.
“What's interesting right now is that you have a lot of Democrats in the New York state Legislature going after him,” he said. “They are calling for his emergency powers to be revoked.
“The Democrat New York state attorney general came out with the report a few weeks ago with the undercounting [of nursing home deaths] and you have some that have been allies, putting up friendly stories about Gov. Cuomo in the past, going after him now over this issue.
“So things are a little bit different where you're seeing members of his own party and other allies taking their shots,” Zeldin said.
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