NEW York Guv Andrew Cuomo is being examined by the FBI over his coronavirus-era assisted living home scandal after he threatened to ruin a state lawmaker.
The FBI and the United States Attorney’s workplace opened a probe on Wednesday into Cuomo’s handling of assisted living home throughout the pandemic, the Times Union reported.
Detectives are looking into the actions of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force, which was formed last March and included his secretary Melissa DeRosa.
Cuomo is under fire after DeRosa independently confessed that his administration kept retirement home death numbers fearing that they would be “used versus us.”
The governor dealt with criticism for a March 25 Health Department instruction that required assisted living home to accept Covid-19 clients from medical facilities no matter what their test outcomes were.
That order caused more deaths and spreading of the infection, critics declare.
Cuomo’s office is apparently under examination as State Assemblyman Ron Kim said the guv called him last Thursday and threatened to damage him if he did not assist minimize the scandal.
Kim declared that Cuomo told him to composed a statement “to say that Melissa DeRosa said there was a federal investigation and they needed to handle that initially,” the New York Post reported on Wednesday.
” The governor says, ‘Mr. Kim, are you a respectable guy?'” the Democratic lawmaker said.
Kim remembered Cuomo informing him: “You have not seen my rage. I have actually been biting my tongue for months. I can inform the whole world what an enemy you are and you will be finished.”
” You will be destroyed,” Cuomo said, according to Kim.
Kim ended up being a huge Cuomo critic after his uncle, Kid Kim, experienced coronavirus signs and passed away at a retirement home in April.
In a conference call on Wednesday, Cuomo stated Kim told him he was misquoted in the Post’s report.
The governor likewise said that his administration has actually had a “long and hostile relationship” with Kim considering that 2015 when Kim assisted produce a law securing nail hair salon employees but changed to eliminating it apparently to support business owners.
Cuomo’s senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said that “Mr. Kim is lying about his discussion with Governor Cuomo.”
” I know since I was one of three other people in the space when the telephone call took place,” Azzopardi told Fox News.
” At no time did anybody threaten to ‘damage’ anyone with their ‘wrath’ nor participate in a ‘coverup.'”.
Azzopardi attributed the state assemblyman’s comments as “regrettably part of a years-long pattern of lies by Mr. Kim versus this administration.”.
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Kim wrote a letter on Tuesday signed by eight Assembly Democrats, implicating Cuomo of blocking justice at the federal level.
The lawmaker from Queens also introduced legislation to eliminate Cuomo’s emergency situation powers during the pandemic.
on Wednesday apparently prohibited Cuomo’s younger sibling, anchor Chris Cuomo, from interviewing him on the scandal.