NEW YORK State Republicans are looking to start an impeachment commission "to gather facts and evidence" regarding New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's "handling and subsequent cover-up of the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes."
The Assembly Republican Conference is looking into a possible impeachment move of the governor after a shocking admission by one of the governor's top aides showed the governor's administration hid numbers of Covid-19 related deaths in nursing homes across the state.
The ARC will be introducing a bill that will create a bipartisan panel that will be "examining 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."
The committee will then have a 60-day deadline to finish its work and submit findings and recommendations to the legislature on whether it should impeach Cuomo, who has been in office for over 12 years.
In order to form the committee, the resolution to create one must be passed by both houses of the Democrat-controlled legislature.
Cuomo has since denied the alarming allegations that his administration intentionally hid Covid-19 related deaths from the federal government, saying he has "nothing to do with nursing homes" and that any allegation was a typical "political spin."
"There is a toxic political environment, and everything gets politicized," he said. "There is political spin and then there are facts."
The FBI is now investigating the scandal after a report from New York State Attorney General Letitia James said there were over 12,000 deaths in nursing homes unaccounted for.
Still, the Republican leadership in the state want to see the governor held accountable.
"The Cuomo Administration’s nursing home cover-up is one of the most alarming scandals we’ve seen in state government," Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Oswego) said.
"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," Barclay added.
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