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New York State Assembly Republicans call for IMPEACHMENT commission to investigate Cuomo

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New York State Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed an ‘impeachment commission’ to investigate Andrew Cuomo’s alleged cover-up of the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.

Democrat Cuomo is under fire amid claims he purposely under-reported the death toll in the homes. More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay tweeted that Republicans ‘will introduce a measure to begin the process’ a day after it was confirmed the FBI and US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn are also investigating the scandal. 

The U.S. Justice Department has been examining the New York governor’s coronavirus task force and trying to determine whether the state intentionally manipulated data regarding deaths in nursing homes, sources say.  

And Cuomo was also dealing with a fresh challenge in the state Senate, where top Democrats, including Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, prepared to vote in the coming days on a proposal that would require the governor to consult with legislators before issuing emergency orders.

GOP leader Barclay said Thursday: ‘The Cuomo Administration’s nursing home cover-up is one of the most alarming scandals we’ve seen in state government.

‘Intentionally withholding critical information from the public, underreporting fatality numbers by 50 percent and the recent revelation they hid the truth to avoid a federal Department of Justice investigation are among the factors that raise the serious possibility of criminality.’

He issued a statement which said the commission would be bipartisan and consist of eight members and have a 60 day deadline to carry out its work. 

It would be able to subpoena witnesses and ask for documents in order to ‘examine the state’s method of administration and conduct in all matters relating to nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic’. 

Cuomo said earlier this week the state didn’t cover up deaths, but should have moved faster to release information. ‘No excuses: I accept responsibility for that,’ he said at a news conference. 

Andrew Cuomo pictured earlier this week

New York State Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed an ‘impeachment commission’ to investigate Andrew Cuomo’s alleged cover-up of the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes. Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, left, tweeted they ‘will introduce a measure to begin the process’ a day after it was confirmed the FBI and US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn are also investigating the scandal. Cuomo is right

New York State Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed an 'impeachment commission'

New York State Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed an ‘impeachment commission’

Republican Barclay said Thursday: ‘It is incumbent upon the Legislature to undertake a comprehensive, bipartisan review of the Cuomo Administration’s policies, decisions and actions on this matter and render a decision on what steps must be taken to hold the governor accountable.

‘Rolling back the governor’s emergency powers is important, but doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what’s needed.’

State Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said: ‘I think it’s outrageous that the Republican leadership in the Assembly would speak to politicize the pandemic, the work of the governor and the state health authorities on the handling of the pandemic.’

Only one New York governor has been impeached and convicted, William Sulzer in 1913. 

Inquiries into the growing scandal began months ago in the Justice Department’s civil division, and parts of it have previously been disclosed publicly. On August 26, federal prosecutors gave Cuomo´s administration 14 days to provide data on nursing home deaths. More data was sought in October. 

The Cuomo administration had not been cooperative with prosecutors, especially in the early stages of the probe, and for months had not produced documents and other data the Justice Department had requested, sources told the Associated Press Thursday.       

The Times Union of Albany then reported Wednesday that prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn had also become involved in an inquiry, along with the FBI. 

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa (pictured left) reportedly said last week that Cuomo's administration had feared that the COVID-19 deaths in nursing home could 'be used against us' as the Justice Department investigates New York and three other states

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa (pictured left) reportedly said last week that Cuomo’s administration had feared that the COVID-19 deaths in nursing home could ‘be used against us’ as the Justice Department investigates New York and three other states

‘That’s classic Andrew Cuomo’: Bill de Blasio puts boot into governor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Andrew Cuomo for 'bullying' a state lawmaker

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Andrew Cuomo for ‘bullying’ a state lawmaker

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Andrew Cuomo for ‘bullying’ a state lawmaker who claimed the governor threatened to ‘destroy’ him unless he helped cover up the COVID-19 nursing home scandal. 

During an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, de Blasio addressed the claim made by assemblyman Ron Kim who said Cuomo made threats as part of an effort to get him to ‘cover up’ for a top aide who admitted that his administration concealed the real number of nursing home deaths from the virus. 

‘It’s a sad thing to say… but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo,’ de Blasio told the network. 

‘A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls. The bullying is nothing new.’

De Blasio went on to say that he ‘100 per cent’ believes Kim.

‘It’s very, very sad, no public servant no person who’s telling the truth should be treated that way,’ de Blasio said. 

‘The threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment many many times I’ve heard that and I know a lot of other people in this state have heard that.’ 

Kim told CNN on Wednesday that the governor berated him during a phone call. He accused Cuomo of threatening him into issuing a statement ‘that invalidated what I heard. He asked me to lie to cover up for his staff’.

‘Governor Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said,’ Kim told the network. 

‘He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience.’

Kim continued: ‘I was right about to bathe my kids. It really just put, you know, my family and my wife into shock and trauma for many hours, she couldn’t get any sleep that night.’

On Wednesday, a senior Cuomo aide issued a statement accusing Kim of ‘lying about his conversation with Governor Cuomo’.

DailyMail.com has reached out to a spokesperson for the governor for comment.       

Cuomo appeared to make good on his alleged threat earlier on Wednesday as he criticized Kim during a press briefing and claimed that he and the assembly member had a ‘long and hostile relationship’. 

Kim has been a vocal critic of Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths for months, as he believes his own uncle died from a presumed case of COVID in a nursing home last year.  

Kim said the call amounted to the governor threatening to tarnish his reputation if he did not decide to publicly back Cuomo and say that he misheard DeRosa, according to the New York Times

Three additional Democratic New York lawmakers told CNN anonymously that they had also heard and experienced an aggressive lobby from Cuomo and his aides in the past week, as his administration tries to negate the bad press he is receiving over the scandal. 

An advisor to Cuomo initially denied that the governor had threatened Kim. 

‘Kim’s assertion that the governor said he would ‘destroy him’ is false,’ senior adviser Rich Azzopardi told CNN. 

DailyMail.com has contacted the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York for comment. The FBI said it had ‘no comment’. 

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said of the federal probe: ‘As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months. We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to.’ 

Officials are said to be looking into the governor’s task force whose members include attorney Linda Lacewell, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. 

It was DeRosa who is said to have admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government.

It is not known if any of Cuomo’s team have been interviewed. Subpoenas have been issued, ABC reports.

But Cuomo had said this week: ‘The New York state (Department of Health) has always fully and publicly reported all COVID deaths in nursing homes and hospitals. 

‘They have always been fully reported. I don’t think there’s anything to clear here. … There is nothing to investigate.’

Yet, even fellow Democrats in New York have called out Cuomo for what they said was a covering up deaths in nursing homes. 

They said those deaths came from Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-19 patients back to their nursing homes from hospitals. 

New York City Mayor and Democrat Bill de Blasio also slammed Cuomo for ‘bullying’ a state lawmaker who claimed the governor threatened to ‘destroy’ him unless he helped cover up the scandal. 

During an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, de Blasio addressed the claim made by assemblyman Ron Kim who said Cuomo made threats as part of an effort to get him to ‘cover up’ for DeRosa. 

‘It’s a sad thing to say… but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo,’ de Blasio told the network. 

‘A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls. The bullying is nothing new.’ 

Cuomo said he followed expert guidelines at the time, as he said it was believed then that they were not infectious anymore.

Many families and New York state lawmakers though, say the decision added to the number of deaths – making nursing homes hotspots for coronavirus transmission. 

Yet Cuomo claimed on Monday that 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19 in their buildings before the sick patients were sent back there – and that he was not responsible. 

More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.   

The numbers, while accounted for in the full state death totals to the state, were not ascribed to nursing homes for residents who died in hospitals rather than within the facilities. 

A report late last month from New York Attorney General Letitia James, a fellow Democrat, had examined the administration’s failure to tally nursing home residents’ deaths at hospitals.

The state then acknowledged the total number of long-term care residents’ deaths is nearly 15,000, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.

Next, a Freedom of Information request showed that more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York were released from hospitals into nursing homes in the pandemic’s early months. 

This was more than 40 percent higher than the state had said previously because it wasn’t counting residents who returned from hospitals to homes where they already had lived.

It then emerged that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa had told Democratic lawmakers that the tally of nursing home residents’ deaths at hospitals was delayed because officials worried that the information was ‘going to be used against us’ by the DOJ, then under the Trump administration.

DeRosa allegedly said that they were worried Trump would turn the deaths ‘into a giant political football’.  

Since then seven Democratic state assembly members have accused Cuomo of an ‘intentional obstruction of justice’. In a letter they say that Cuomo attempted to circumvent a federal probe by delaying the release of a complete tally of deaths of nursing home residents. 

Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing although he apologized on Monday for not working to provide the information more quickly. 

President Joe Biden, center right, and Vice President Kamala Harris, center left, meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo last Friday , to discuss the vital need to pass the American Rescue Plan, which will get more support to their communities and those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19

President Joe Biden, center right, and Vice President Kamala Harris, center left, meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo last Friday , to discuss the vital need to pass the American Rescue Plan, which will get more support to their communities and those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker speaks during opening of vaccination site at Jacob Javits Center. To his right is Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and to his left is Director of Emergency Management Michael Kopy

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker speaks during opening of vaccination site at Jacob Javits Center. To his right is Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and to his left is Director of Emergency Management Michael Kopy

CNN reinstates ban on Chris Cuomo featuring family – as the host remains silent on his NY governor brother’s nursing home scandal 

CNN has allegedly reinstated a ban on host Chris Cuomo interviewing his brother, Andrew, despite allowing the New York governor to appear on his show more than ten times last year.

The network was questioned by the Washington Post on Tuesday after Chris, 50, failed to mention his 63-yar-old brother while addressing the biggest stories related to COVID-19 on his show the previous night.

The host’s silence came just hours after the governor had finally addressed in a press conference the latest scandal surrounding his handling of the data involving COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.

And as Democrats continued to turn against the governor, with nine state assembly members on Tuesday accusing him of an ‘obstruction of justice’.  

The Post had criticized CNN for allowing Chris to deliver ‘over-the-top praise when the governor is up; silence when he’s down’,  after the host completely ignored the press conference, which had been among the main coronavirus stories of the day.

CNN said in a statement to the publication that they had earlier allowed the host to break the rules on him interviewing family members as the first months of the pandemic crisis ‘were an extraordinary time’.

The network also argued that it has ‘covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively’.

Yet the decision to now continue to ban after an extended break comes after months of praise being heaped on the governor by his brother in more than ten appearances on his show.

New York assemblyman Ron Kim said Wednesday he was threatened by Cuomo, claiming the governor told him ‘I can destroy you’ if the assemblyman did not issue a positive statement regarding the nursing home cover-up scandal.

The Democrat claimed he received an angry phone call from Cuomo on Thursday after he was quoted in a New York Post article.  

On Wednesday, a senior Cuomo aide issued a statement accusing Kim of ‘lying about his conversation with Governor Cuomo Thursday night’. 

Kim alleges that Cuomo shouted at him for 10 minutes and asked him ‘are you an honorable man?’ before the governor added that he ‘hadn’t seen his wrath and anger’ before.

Cuomo appeared to make good on his alleged threat earlier on Wednesday as he criticized Kim during a press briefing and claimed that he and the assembly member had a ‘long and hostile relationship’.

He also suggested that Kim was guilty of practices that were ‘unethical if not illegal’. The governor claimed that the tension rose from a 2015 bill to reform nail salons that the Cuomo proposed, and Kim voted against. 

Kim, who represents the Queens district that was hardest hit at the height of the pandemic, told the Post that secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa’s comments sounded like the governor was ‘trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence’.

The assemblyman said he also called on Cuomo to apologize to family members of those who died in assisted living facilities during the call.  

Cuomo was allegedly angered by Kim’s statement to the Post and made the call later that day in an effort to make him pull it back and issue a positive statement instead. 

Kim said the call amounted to the governor threatening to tarnish his reputation if he did not decide to publicly back Cuomo and say that he misheard DeRosa, according to the New York Times

‘Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said. He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience,’ Kim told CNN

‘No man has ever spoken to me like that in my entire life,’ he added. 

‘At some point he tried to humiliate me, asking: ‘Are you a lawyer? I didn’t think so. You’re not a lawyer.’ It almost felt like in retrospect he was trying to bait me and anger me and say something inappropriate. I’m glad I didn’t.’  

Kim’s wife also told CNN that she had overheard fragments of the call, which took place as the assemblyman had been bathing his children. 

She said that she heard Cuomo ask ‘who do you think you are?’ and reference ‘my wrath’, and that he sounded ‘loud’ and ‘angry’ on the phone. 

‘The governor threatened to destroy my life,’ Kim allegedly told her once he had hung up.  

The assemblyman said that after the first phone call, Cuomo attempted to contact him on multiple occasions over the weekend using a ‘No Caller ID’ number. 

He said that Cuomo’s aides also told him that the governor would like to speak to him again.

Kim said he did not return the calls but told CNN that he has since retained a lawyer as the call made him feel that the governor had asked him to lie about the potential cover-up. 

Kim believes that his uncle died from a presumed case of COVID in a nursing home last year. He said Wednesday he was threatened by Cuomo, claiming the governor told him 'I can destroy you' if the assemblyman did not issue a positive statement regarding the nursing home cover-up scandal

Kim believes that his uncle died from a presumed case of COVID in a nursing home last year. He said Wednesday he was threatened by Cuomo, claiming the governor told him ‘I can destroy you’ if the assemblyman did not issue a positive statement regarding the nursing home cover-up scandal

‘He’s utterly ghoulish’: Meghan McCain scolds Gov. Cuomo over ‘disgusting behavior’ and calls for him to resign and be criminally investigated

Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 

Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes, labeling him ‘disgusting’, ‘ghoulish’ and calling for him to resign.

McCain’s scolding comments came as part of a lengthy monologue on The View Wednesday, in which the show’s panel were discussing accusations that Cuomo purposely under-reported the coronavirus death toll in New York’s nursing homes.

While Cuomo has denied the claims, discrediting them as a ‘conspiracy theory’, McCain insisted he should resign after months of ‘completely and utterly ghoulish’ behavior amid the pandemic.

‘He is disgusting,’ McCain thundered. ‘I think there should be a criminal investigation and I think he should step down.’  

Cuomo insisted Monday that ‘all the deaths in nursing homes and hospitals were fully, publicly, and accurately reported’ – despite an Democrat-led investigation suggesting otherwise.

Host Whoopi Goldberg began the Cuomo segment on the View Wednesday by asking if the embattled governor is taking enough responsibility for New York’s 45,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Panelist Sunny Hostin insisted said she didn’t believe Cuomo had, calling him ‘evasive’ and insisting that she was ‘disappointed’ in the governor’s communication with the public.

‘To be clear, I think that the Trump administration and Pence’s coronavirus task force really stands at the top of responsibility for the almost 500,000 deaths of our loved ones,’ she said. ‘But I think this governor was less than transparent.’

A fired up McCain then chimed in that the Cuomo scandal is personal for her, after her friend, journalist Janice Dean, lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes last year.

‘I have a lot of anger towards this story for two reasons,’ she said, ‘so bear with me.’

McCain continued: ‘The first one is, I think the media has done a really p***-poor job in covering this in lots of ways: He’s been given Emmys, he’s gone on TV and joked about his sex life with giant q-tips with his brother Chris Cuomo.

‘The adulation and the lack of question of him across the board, and his way to evade it, has been nothing short of journalistic malpractice and malfeasance,’ she said.

The daughter of late Sen. John McCain then said her second issue stems from her being ‘pro-life across the board’.

‘The idea that because you’re old and in a nursing home that your life is somehow worth less than mine – and if you die that way, that we will care less because you are old and dying alone in a nursing home,’ she continued.

‘I think if this involved younger people – or those under 70 – I think we as a society would’ve cared more. There is no empathy coming from Gov. Cuomo.’

McCain then blasted Cuomo for being ‘utterly ghoulish in the way he has talked to people’, and for failing to apologize to the family members of those who’ve lost loved ones in nursing homes, because of the pandemic.

‘He has not apologized to the families who have lost their family members in this way.

‘I think he’s disgusting,’ she said. ‘I think there should be a criminal investigation and I think he should step down.’

In summation, McCain added that no one deserves to ‘die along in a nursing home’ – pandemic or no pandemic.

‘I think about the way my father died, surrounding by family and love, outside in Sedona, surrounded by hawks and animals, with true dignity,’ she concluded. ‘And then the way it could’ve gone, had he not been famous or, god forbid, died from COVID under Andrew Cuomo’s leadership.’

Three additional Democratic New York lawmakers told CNN anonymously that they had also heard and experienced an aggressive lobby from Cuomo and his aides in the past week, as his administration tries to negate the bad press he is receiving over the potential scandal. 

An adviser to Cuomo initially denied that the governor had threatened Kim. 

‘Kim’s assertion that the governor said he would ‘destroy him’ is false,’ senior adviser Rich Azzopardi told CNN. 

‘The Governor has three witnesses to the conversation. The operable words were to the effect of, ‘I am from Queens, too, and people still expect honor and integrity in politics’.’

Azzopardi also claimed that Kim had initially agreed to issue a new statement in the phone call and that the follow ups over the weekend were only because he had failed to do so. 

In a longer statement, Azzopardi claimed that he knew Kim is lying because ‘I was once of the three people in the room when the phone call occurred’. 

He blasted the claims as ‘part of a years-long pattern of lies by Mr. Kim against this administration’. 

‘We will not allow an unscrupulous politician to deceive New Yorkers or distort the truth … He is without credibility as his own word demonstrate. Lies have caused grieving families from COVID enough pain,’ Azzopardi continued.  

Earlier that day, Cuomo had addressed the matter himself during a press briefing as he issued accusations of impropriety at the assemblyman. 

He accused the fifth-term assemblyman of a ‘continuing racket’ in accepting donations from nail salon owners. 

Cuomo claimed that Kim voted against the bill that he had helped craft after siding with the salon owners who were upset about the reform it would introduced. 

He suggested Kim engaged in ‘pay to play’ and said it was ‘unethical if not illegal’. 

Cuomo noted a New York Times article from that year that examined financial contributions to Kim after he had changed his position on the salon reform bill. 

The governor appeared particularly angered during the briefing by a letter issued by Kim and six other Democratic state assembly members on Tuesday in which they accused Cuomo of an ‘intentional obstruction of justice’. 

The letter said that Cuomo attempted to circumvent a federal probe by delaying the release of a complete tally of deaths of nursing home residents. 

Up until last month, the state had claimed that only 8,500 people had died in nursing homes. 

Yet these figures did not include deaths of nursing home residents who were hospitalized and then died in hospital. The state only released the full figure of 15,000 last month. 

Despite the criticism he received from Cuomo on Wednesday, Kim said that he stands ‘100%’ behind his allegations about the threat and was disappointed by the suggestion that he had an ulterior political motive. 

‘There’s no undoing here. They have blood on their hands,’ Kim said. ‘We’re talking about his record of performance in the last 10 months.’ 

‘Basically, I saw a crime and he’s asking me to say that I did not see that crime,’ he added to the Times. ‘I heard what I heard and I can’t lie.

‘The governor can personally attack me all he wants in an effort to distract us from his incompetent management. But these facts are not going away because they are the facts and are unacceptable.’ 

Several other lawmakers in New York have also fiercely criticized Cuomo, with some calling for his resignation.

In response to Cuomo’s protestations that claims he purposely misreported nursing home deaths are just a ‘conspiracy’, New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: ‘Trash. No one believes you.’ 

NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi added that she believed one of his press conferences earlier this week was ‘riddled with lies’. 

The governor's comments did not satisfy a number of Democratic lawmakers including NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi

The governor’s comments did not satisfy a number of Democratic lawmakers including NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi 

New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: 'Trash'

New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: ‘Trash’

In his Monday press conference, Cuomo said he didn’t cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.

‘All the deaths in the nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,’ he claimed.

He explained the matter Monday as a difference of ‘categorization,’ with the state counting where deaths occurred and others seeking total deaths of nursing home residents, regardless of the location.

‘We should have done a better job of providing as much information as we could as quickly as we could,’ he said. ‘No excuses: I accept responsibility for that.’

‘We should not have created the void [of information]. We should have done a better job of providing information and knocking down conspiracy theories.

‘We did not take enough action and the pain is it created confusion, cynicism and pain for the families of a loved one.’

Yet he refused to take any responsibility for any of the deaths in the state’s nursing homes as he continued to blame a ‘toxic political environment,’ and ‘disinformation’ for much of the criticism surrounding his administration’s handling of the issue.

Cuomo said the state was slow to respond to the lawmakers because officials prioritized dealing with requests from the Justice Department and were busy dealing with the work of the pandemic.

‘It´s not like people were in the South of France,’ he said.

‘When we didn´t provide information, it allowed press, people, cynics, politicians, to fill the void,’ he said, and ‘it created confusion and cynicism and pain for the families.’

‘The truth is: Everybody did everything they could.’

Cuomo will be standing for relection next year. 

On Tuesday, a survey released by Sienna College revealed that Cuomo still hold a good favorability rating among New Yorkers although his approval rating had dropped slightly in the past month. 

However, the poll was carried out before Post revealed DeRosa’s comments last week. 

They did come after a report from Attorney General Letitia James’ office and a court order forced the state to finally release the figures showing the true extent of COVID nursing home deaths was almost double what they had originally claimed. 

In the survey, New Yorkers failed Cuomo on his handling of the scandal. 

Both Democrats and Republicans in the state have been angered by Cuomo’s administration and the delay in receiving the full figure of deaths after lawmakers had made a formal request for the information in August. 

Yet Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing although he apologized on Monday for not working to provide the information more quickly. 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo mocked for tactless tweet about leadership while ignoring the mounting COVID death scandal surrounding his governor brother

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been mocked online for tweeting advice about leadership as his own brother, the governor of New York, is facing calls to resign for failing his state.

Chris Cuomo responded to the story of the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, who accused his snowed-in residents of being ‘lazy’. The mayor told them to ‘get off your a**’ instead of seeking help from the local government.

The 50-year-old tweeted a link to the story, commenting: ‘Resign or apologize and learn and become a better leader?’

Andrew Cuomo (left) is being investigated by the FBI while brother Chris tweets on leadership

Andrew Cuomo (left) is being investigated by the FBI while brother Chris tweets on leadership

At least 13,000 nursing home residents are now known to have died of COVID-19 in New York

At least 13,000 nursing home residents are now known to have died of COVID-19 in New York

Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, went viral with his Facebook post on Tuesday that called out the citizens of his own town

Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, went viral with his Facebook post on Tuesday that called out the citizens of his own town 

Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City. Chris Cuomo called him out in a tweet this week

Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City. Chris Cuomo called him out in a tweet this week

His comments sparked hilarity and anger, in light of the scandal engulfing his own brother.

Andrew Cuomo, 63, is facing calls to resign and even be prosecuted for covering up the data surrounding the death toll from COVID-19, among nursing home patients.

Last week his senior aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that the administration ‘froze’ in August when asked for information from state politicians, amid fear that the Justice Department would use the data to prosecute them.

The governor insists that the data was provided, but agreed it could have been handed over sooner.

Last month the New York attorney general, Letitia James, found that 13,000 nursing patients had died of COVID-19 – an increase of almost 50 per cent in the official figure given by the Cuomo administration.

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn are now investigating his handling of the pandemic. 

The CNN host’s tweet about leadership was immediately seized upon.

‘Was this meant for your brother?’ asked one.

Another joked: ‘Can I introduce you to the governor of New York?’

‘You don’t need to subtweet your own brother,’ another said. 

One called Chris Cuomo a ‘freaking hypocrite’ while another posted a cartoon of Andrew Cuomo as the grim reaper, with blood on his hands. 

‘Now do your brother,’ recommended one man.

Another simply said: ‘Should we tell him?’ 

Cuomo’s pandemic: A timeline of the governor’s response to the COVID-19 crisis

MARCH 1: Female nurse, 39, returning from Iran becomes the first in New York to test positive for COVID-19.

MARCH 2: Cuomo gives the first of 111 consecutive daily televised briefings for New Yorkers

MARCH 13: Donald Trump declares national emergency.

MARCH 14: An 82-year-old woman with emphysema is announced as the first patient to die from the virus.

MARCH 17: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says city should follow San Francisco with a shelter-in-place order; Cuomo says it will be statewide.

MARCH 19: California Governor Gavin Newsom issues first statewide lockdown order

MARCH 22: Cuomo signs statewide stay-at-home order.

MARCH 25: Cuomo orders that nursing homes accept convalescent COVID patients back into their facilities.

MAY 10: The nursing home ruling is reversed, to insist on a negative COVID test before return to a nursing home. By now, more than 9,000 people have returned to nursing homes.

AUGUST: Questions begin to be asked about the nursing home policy.

AUGUST 26: Department of Justice opens an investigation into New York’s nursing homes and COVID policy. 

OCTOBER 13: Cuomo publishes American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

OCTOBER 21: Cuomo announced a policy of isolating identified ‘micro clusters’ of COVID cases.

NOVEMBER 20: Cuomo wins an Emmy ‘in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world’.

JANUARY 28: Attorney General Letitia James released a report finding that New York under-reported the number of deaths among nursing home patients by around 50 per cent, with 13,000 actually dying – not the 8,500 reported.

FEBRUARY 11: Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, admits that in August they ‘froze’ when asked for nursing home data, and dragged their heels on releasing it. The AP reports that more than 9,000 people were returned to nursing homes to recover from COVID in the period March 25-May 10, a figure 40 per cent higher than the official tally. 

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