Gov Cuomo about to face Congress and a wrist-slap for Covid decisions that cost thousands lives

A former governor was slated to be “held accountable” for his deadly COVID policies that strayed from a duty to protect and “instead acted recklessly with deliberate indifference.”

Roughly halfway through “two weeks to slow the spread” that ballooned into a month and beyond, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration issued a directive forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-19-positive patients. Tuesday, the disgraced former executive was scheduled for a closed-door congressional testimony, and personally impacted Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean had a reminder about why, “This man needs to finally answer questions under oath.”

“Many of you know how personal this story is for me. My husband lost both of his parents in separate facilities during the spring of 2020 after an executive order was issued, which stood for 46 days, admitting over 9,000 COVID-positive patients into a place where our most vulnerable reside,” wrote Dean in a Monday op-ed.

“We were never warned of this decision, and there has never been a thorough investigation into why nursing homes were the first and only option to send in COVID-19-positive patients,” she went on. “Because if there is one thing we knew at the very beginning of the pandemic, it was that this virus would be the most dangerous for the elderly.”

After requests led to a subpoena, Cuomo was expected to face questions from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Tuesday, June 11, during a transcribed interview months in the making.

In the letter that had included the order to appear before Congress, subcommittee chair Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R) had stated, “In addition to the March 25 Order itself, there is also troubling evidence suggesting the Cuomo Administration at best downplayed its impacts and at worst covered them up.”

“For example, on July 6, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) released a report regarding COVID-19 in nursing homes. Although the report appeared to independently validate your position regarding the March 25 Order, it was far from impartial. Indeed, according to the New York impeachment investigation,” the chair detailed, “your office edited the report with the intention of suppressing your and the March 25 Order’s involvement in nursing home fatalities.”

That recounted only a portion of the concerning record from the governor who became one of a number of media darlings during lockdowns with frequent press conferences and even chummy appearances on CNN with brother and then-host, Chris Cuomo, who himself recently admitted suffering injury from the COVID mRNA shots he had promoted.

Dean reminded everyone that resources had been allocated to erect makeshift hospitals in places like parks and the Javits Center while then-President Donald Trump had oversaw the dispatch of the USNS Comfort to provide additional medical aid to the metropolitan area.

She also called out an expiring contract with a consulting firm hired by current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to review the policies under her predecessor. “According to a recent report, the Olsen Group has billed the state for less than half of its allotted $4.3 million. My guess is that document will never see the light of day.”

Even more damning, Dean cited the former governor who’d said early in 2020 that the virus would spread like “fire through dry grass” if it got into nursing homes and had reportedly covered up the deaths by as much as 50% while scoring a $5.2 million book deal propping up his own reputation and response to the crisis.

“The governor, who was elected to serve and protect the people of New York through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, instead acted recklessly with deliberate indifference, causing thousands of avoidable nursing home deaths,” wrote the meteorologist. “This man needs to finally answer questions under oath. While we were all locked away and told to avoid the virus at all costs, his administration decided to unleash the lethal illness into senior care residencies without warning or protection.”

In a statement ahead of the closed-door interview, Wenstrup asserted:

“Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented nursing home policies that had deadly consequences for New York’s most vulnerable population. Not only did the former Governor put the elderly in harm’s way, but he also attempted to cover up his failures by hiding the true nursing home death rate. It appears that politics, not medicine, was responsible for these decisions. Former Governor Cuomo owes answers to the 15,000 families who lost loved ones in New York nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. His testimony is crucial to uncover the circumstances that led to his misguided policies and for ensuring that fatal mistakes never happen again. It is well past time for Cuomo to stop dodging accountability to Congress and start answering honestly to the American people.”

“I look forward to hearing Andrew Cuomo finally swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” concluded Dean. “But if he continues to lie, obstruct, and blame others, then so help him God. He’s going to need support from a much higher power than the person who believed he had all the control in the world during the pandemic: himself.”

Despite the promise of an interview, lackluster results from the public testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci had not inspired confidence from some who argued, “‘Held accountable’ does not mean ‘asked some tough questions,'” while others remained hopeful.

Kevin Haggerty

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