NY Democrat slams Cuomo after report finds disgraced governor suppressed COVID deaths in favor of book deal
A New York assemblyman is asking for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment following a state report exhibiting Cuomo used high state officers to assist draft his book deal through the top of the COVID-19 pandemic and was “not fully transparent” about nursing dwelling deaths.
Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim, who misplaced his uncle to COVID-19 in a nursing dwelling, slammed the disgraced former governor’s “criminal” actions Tuesday on “Fox & Friends” after the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee discovered Cuomo “utilized state resources and property, including work by Executive Chamber staff, to write, publish, and promote his book regarding his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.”
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“At the peak of the pandemic the governor and his top aides were chasing down a $5.1 million book deal engaged in a race to the highest bidder while everyone was suffering,” Kim mentioned. “Family advocates and I have been pushing for transparency and truth around the book deal because that’s where he was financially motivated to suppress the nursing home data for months.”
Investigators additionally discovered the Cuomo administration “was not fully transparent” with the American folks in regards to the quantity of nursing dwelling residents who died consequently of COVID-19, and out-of-facility deaths had been intentionally neglected of a printed state Department of Health report, which Cuomo had a major hand in modifying and revising after he confronted criticism for his dealing with of nursing houses through the pandemic.
“This is criminal public fraud when you are suppressing life and death data… If we had real-time truth and accountability and data, we could have legislated differently and saved thousands of people’s lives, and he took that right away from us,” Kim mentioned.
The 60-page report additionally confirmed “overwhelming evidence” Cuomo “engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment, including by creating a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual misconduct.”
Kim is pushing for impeachment to forestall Cuomo from ever in search of public workplace once more.
“I want to make sure that the federal prosecutors, the state attorney general, continue to investigate and hold him accountable now that the evidence is abundantly clear that he monetized that office while people were dying.”
Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, issued a press release Monday slamming the Assembly for not sharing the findings with him earlier than releasing the report.
“The Assembly’s report simply parrots the attorney general’s flawed report, failing to engage with the many errors and omissions in the AG’s report and her one-sided, biased investigation,” she mentioned. “And, like the AG, the Assembly refused to provide the former governor with access to all the evidence, again denying the governor due process and a meaningful ability to respond. This is disappointing, but hardly surprising.”
Kim stands behind the investigation and calls it a “big step in the right direction” for victims’ households.
“We reached the point where even the highest level of ethical attorneys in our team has determined that this is an act of criminality, and he must be held accountable,” he mentioned.
“People think that once he’s gone, resigned, we can’t impeach him [Cuomo]. That is not what our law says. We have a duty to impeach someone and remove the criminality act so we can protect the integrity of the legislative body and prevent him from seeking public office again.”
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.
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