Cuomo Personally Demanded Donald Trump Fire Official Working to Blow Cover Off Nursing Home Scandal: Report

Michael Caputo reveals details of Andrew Cuomo’s special demand

The New York Governor flew all the way to Washington D.C. to demand that former President Donald Trump fires an official trying to expose the nursing home scandal. The information was confirmed by the official himself. Michael Caputo. This happens amid the unfolding crisis for NY seniors after the release of the awful state executive order in March.

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Michael Caputo tells OANN: “Cuomo flew to DC in late May 2020 and told Trump to fire him for publicly criticizing his nursing home policy,” OANN’s Jack Posobiec tweeted. “Caputo was an HHS official working to track nursing home deaths.”

In May 2020, the New York Post released an article that Trump’s aide Caputo criticized the Cuomo administration for an existing lack of transparency on the ongoing nursing home data issue. Caputo was assistant secretary for public affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services back then.

“A Trump administration official pushed back at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for trying to shift blame to the White House over the state’s own policies that may have led to more than 5,000 coronavirus-related fatalities,” the Post reported.

“Leadership is about good and sound judgment,” Caputo said. “Governor Cuomo exercised misguided leadership. He’s responsible for this nursing home problem, and the deaths are on his hands,” Caputo told The Post.

“It’s a betrayal of trust. Instead of being transparent, he’s shifting blame. If there’s a category for blame-shifting, Cuomo should get an Oscar,” Caputo added.

Fox News covered the story. It lists the people responsible for the nursing home deaths. It looks like the real number was actually 40% higher. The New York Governor blamed nursing homes, nursing home visitors, the CDC, the New York Post, a “toxic political environment,” Donald Trump, and Michael Caputo.

“Where this starts is frankly a political attack from the prior federal administration and HHS… Michael Caputo,” Cuomo claimed.

Caputo shared his thoughts on the accusation.

“Early on, experts at the Health and Human Services administration identified Cuomo’s foolish executive order as a primary cause for thousands of nursing home COVID deaths in New York,” he said. “He’s right, I called him out on it immediately… Cuomo is personally responsible for thousands of unnecessary nursing home deaths and he must be held accountable.”

The New York Times reported that New York lawmakers are working on a bill to cut Cuomo’s “emergency powers.”

“I believe they should be taken away, hopefully sooner than later,” State Senator Gustavo Rivera said on Wednesday. “We need to remind them that state government is not one big branch: There’s three of them,” he said.

The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating the governor for the horrifying scandal and the potential cover-up as confirmed by the Times Union on Wednesday.

The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn have launched an investigation that is examining, at least in part, the actions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s coronavirus task force in its handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the pandemic, the Times Union has learned.

“The probe by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York is apparently in its early stages and is focusing on the work of some of the senior members of the governor’s task force, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who is not authorized to comment publicly,” the report continued.

The Cuomo administration issued a response to existing reports on the case. According to the governor, his administration is cooperating with the Department of Justice.

“As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months,” said Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Governor Cuomo. “We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to.”

The Times notes that: “Azzopardi did not disclose whether any members of the administration have been interviewed or if they have been served with any subpoenas.”

Cuomo’s Attorney General Letitia James exposed the cover-up in January. The New York Post released a leak from Secretary to Governor Melissa DeRosa, revealing that these efforts to hide data on nursing home resident mortality rates were nothing but an attempt to avoid scrutiny from the Department of Justice.

Nine Democratic lawmakers accused the governor of “obstruction of justice.”

“Nine Democratic members of the New York State Assembly… accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of federal obstruction of justice in a letter seeking support to strip him of his COVID-19 emergency powers,” the New York Post reported.

“It is now unambiguously clear that this governor has engaged in an intentional obstruction of justice, as outlined in Title 18, Chapter 73 of the United States Code,” the letter stated.

“In response to this criminal use of power, Assemblymember Ron Kim and Senator [Alessandra] Biaggi are introducing a bill to repeal the amendments to the Executive Law that were passed by the Legislature one year ago…that expanded the Governor’s authority to unilaterally suspend entire state statutes in response to an impending state emergency,” Kim and other lawmakers wrote.

“This is a necessary first step in beginning to right the criminal wrongs of this Governor and his administration.”

Kim said in an interview with the Post he believed “Cuomo had violated the section of federal law that covers ‘obstruction of criminal investigations of health care offenses.’”

“That crime carries a maximum five-year prison sentence,” the Post notes.

State Democratic lawmakers got into a thing with Cuomo. Ron Kim says Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him.

“New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday of threatening to ‘destroy’ Kim’s career in retaliation for Kim criticizing Cuomo’s handling of Covid-19 in nursing homes, marking the latest scandal for the embattled governor,” Forbes reported.

Cuomo responded to the comments Kim made. He didn’t like any of it.

“Facing mounting criticism over his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo spent more than twenty minutes of his press briefing Wednesday publicly lashing out at a state lawmaker who had faulted him for mishandling the crisis,” the Gothamist reported.

“If you attack my integrity and my administration’s integrity, am I going to fail to respond? No. No,” Cuomo railed. The New York governor proceeded to allege Kim had engaged in a scandal of his own, which was purportedly related to a 2015 report about his vote change on a bill impacting Queens nail salon owners.

New York Democrats are frustrated, and Cuomo is facing a serious backlash. Threats of impeachment are also here. Cuomo was the one calling for Trump’s impeachment.

“President Trump should resign… If he doesn’t resign, I believe he should be impeached,” he said.

Karma is a wonderful thing.

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Source: Forbes

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