A New York lawmaker is calling for impeachment proceedings and a criminal investigation to be launched against Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the state’s nursing home scandal.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP challenger to Cuomo in the last gubernatorial election, said Monday that Cuomo is not fit to hold public office after using “manipulated data” to pressure hospitals and businesses to close down and continuing to lie about the number of nursing home deaths in the state.
“Manipulating the data knowingly, day in and day out, we believe that a criminal investigation needs to begin,” Molinaro said on Fox News’ America Reports. “Certainly, I believe, and I think many of us believe, the New York State Assembly ought to initiate impeachment proceedings.”
“We’ve known all along that this is the most corrupted and least transparent administration in America,” Molinaro continued. “We now know it’s also the deadliest.”
“The least they ought to do is apologize, but I should test they ought to do that just before they issue their resignations.”
Cuomo held his first press briefing Monday since the scandal broke and declined to apologize for his administration’s decision to let Covid-19 patients into nursing homes.
“Apologize? Look I have said repeatedly, we made a mistake in creating the void,” Cuomo said. “The void allowed misinformation and conspiracy, and now people are left with the thought of ‘Did my loved one have to die?’ And that is a brutal, brutal question to pose to a person. And I want everyone to know everything was done — everything was done — by the best minds in the best interest, and the last thing that we wanted to do, the last thing that I wanted to do, was to aggravate a terrible situation.”
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