Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 could lead to federal criminal charges, a former assistant attorney general has warned.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, John Daukas — who was acting attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Trump — insisted that the multi-agency probe was “serious, perhaps meriting federal criminal charges.”
Daukas said Cuomo’s executive order last March requiring New York nursing homes to admit hospitalized patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 “led to many more tragic and unnecessary deaths than were reported to the public.”
“And his administration appears to have engaged in a coverup designed to frustrate the federal government’s oversight efforts,” Daukas wrote in the op-ed posted late Sunday.