‘The subpoenas are coming’: Stefanik vows investigation into Andrew Cuomo for nursing home deaths

Judgment day is soon approaching for disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to House Republican Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik.

“We will not hesitate to follow the facts wherever they lead and really uncover the important data, the decision making process and the absolute corruption,” she said Monday while speaking outside a nursing home in Rensselaer County.

“We have already called and invited Gov. Cuomo to testify before Congress and he refused that invitation and we will have subpoena power in a House Republican majority,” she added, as reported by Spectrum News.

In a tweet posted Tuesday, the top Republican doubled down, warning that the moment Republicans retake the House, she intends to come for Cuomo.

“When Republicans earn back the House, I will lead the charge for the federal investigation of Corrupt Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home order that resulted in thousands of deaths on behalf of the victims and their families. The subpoenas are coming,” she wrote.

Look:

As previously reported, Cuomo left a trail of death and destruction during the COVID pandemic by funneling COVID-positive patients to nursing homes brimming with extremely vulnerable elderly men and women.

“More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records,” the Associated Press reported last year.

“The new number of 9,056 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what the state health department previously released. And it raises new questions as to whether a March 25 directive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration helped spread sickness and death among residents, a charge the state disputes,” the AP added.

Among those who died during this funneling of COVID-positive patients were the mother and father of Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean’s husband, Sean.

His father, Michael Newman, was an 83-year-old former firefighter who’d been residing at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brooklyn with dementia. He passed away on March 29, 2020.

His mother, Delores Newman, was 79 years old and also resided in assisted living at the Long Island Living Center. She died on April 13, 2020.

Cuomo has thus far faced no consequences for his nursing home decision. Indeed, the reason he was ousted from office had nothing to do with that. Instead, he voluntarily resigned in disgrace over sexual harassment allegations.

The closest the former disgraced governor ever got to facing justice was when New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report in early 2021 announcing that Cuomo’s office had undercounted the number of nursing home deaths.

“For most of the past year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has tried to brush away a persistent criticism that undermined his national image as the man who led New York through the pandemic: that his policies had allowed thousands of nursing home residents to die of the virus,” The New York Times reported at the time.

“But Mr. Cuomo was dealt a blow when the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, reported on Thursday morning that Mr. Cuomo’s administration had undercounted coronavirus-related deaths of state nursing home residents by the thousands,” the Times added.

Cuomo’s successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, has promised to pursue her own investigation.

“I’m going to ask … independent consults to examine every single decision that was made during the pandemic,” she reportedly said over the summer.

But thus far nothing’s come of this investigation. Stefanik expects nothing ever will.

“It is not a real investigation. If it were a real investigation, they would be subpoenaing Gov. Cuomo. They would be turning over the data,” she said Monday.

Good point.

That said, Cuomo apparently isn’t concerned.

“She’s said this 100 times and I’m sure she has plenty of questions about Jeff Clark, the insurrectionist Trump put in charge of the sham DOJ investigation into blue state nursing home policies before he was reassigned to help overturn the election,” the former governor’s spokesperson, Rich Azzopardi, said to Spectrum News.

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