Assemblyman Michael Montesano plans to start the impeachment wheels grinding against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The major Democrat leader’s top aide admitted their office “covered up data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths” to shake off a Justice Department probe.
Impeachment for Democrats too
Montesano is calling for the governor’s resignation and also exploring the option of “filing articles of impeachment against the governor if he doesn’t resign.”
The conservative has “been calling for subpoenas and a hearing for quite a while.” As a member of the Oversight and Investigations Committee, he notes that the news of the last several days is “extremely troubling.”
There are valid grounds for impeachment because Governor Cuomo is facing a criminal investigation. His secretary, Melissa DeRosa, told ranking New York Democrats on Thursday that “Cuomo’s administration feared the data about COVID-19 deaths could ‘be used against us’ by the Justice Department in the midst of its federal probe,” Faux News reports.
The investigation covers “four states regarding nursing home deaths, including New York, and thus the administration withheld the actual death count.”
“This is now criminal,” Montesano insists, not political. The representative of District-15 points out, “the governor wants to talk about how our attacks on him are political. They’re not political.” It’s time for impeachment.
“We’ve had an inkling all the while that they were covering stuff up, and now she admitted that she covered stuff up.” Worse yet, “she knew the Department of Justice has an active investigation going on of the nursing home problems.” The reason for that is “a lot of us in the legislature, especially in the minority,” requested the investigations.
Obstructing an investigation
Montesano is furious enough to file impeachment because DeRosa admits covering up the obstruction of an investigation. That “makes it even more troubling.” His theory is that she’s trying to distance herself from the crimes.
If he had “to make an educated guess,” when she realized the DOJ ws doing an investigation and getting close, “she wants to divest herself of whatever wrongdoing she may have done.” If she covered something up then “she’s trying to get out in front of it.”
New York’s conservative federal house member, Tom Reed, “plans on filing a criminal complaint against DeRosa to have her arrested.”
Montesano is all for it. He supports “the congressman’s aggressive push to hold Cuomo and top staffers accountable,” calling their conduct “very egregious” and grounds for impeachment. Cuomo has never been popular for the way he handled the pandemic.
Early on in 2020, Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. It went horribly wrong and now he faces impeachment over it.
“The decision created an onslaught of COVID-19 cases that infected thousands of elderly patients and resulted in hundreds of deaths among the state’s most vulnerable population.” Now, we’re finding out they tried to alter and hide the evidence. Recently, New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed “Cuomo’s Department of Health underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.”