New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo once more Monday stated that he “did nothing flawed” amid swirling scandals of sexual harassment, making a poisonous work atmosphere and masking up nursing house coronavirus deaths in his state.
Cuomo made the remark at a press briefing in Albany, in response to questions from Fox Information’ Bryan Llenas.
Cuomo was requested whether or not he would make choices about his political future after the discharge of a report by Legal professional Common Letitia James on his alleged sexual harassment of many ladies, or if he would wait till after the state legislature’s impeachment inquiry.
“I’ve already advised New Yorkers the place I’m,” Cuomo stated in response to that query. “I did nothing flawed. And interval and I am not resigning and I am doing my job day-after-day.”
Cuomo was additionally requested if he would assist a separate investigation by James into his administration’s alleged cover-up of nursing house deaths. Senior aides for the governor purposely sought to forestall New York state well being officers, together with Commissioner Howard Zucker, from releasing the true demise toll, The New York Instances reported final week, citing interviews and newly unearthed paperwork.
As beforehand reported by Fox Information, Cuomo’s administration was logging the situation of nursing house residents’ coronavirus deaths since at the least April 2020, regardless of claims these numbers couldn’t be verified for a report issued months later.
“Nursing houses is being checked out by the Jap District. That was a political investigation began by Donald Trump, who politicized not simply COVID, however then politicized nursing houses and insurance policies in the direction of nursing houses and needed accountable Democratic governors like myself and Michigan and New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” Cuomo stated Monday.
Cuomo additional known as all the Division of Justice beneath former President Trump a “political Division of Justice.”
Cuomo has refused to resign regardless of widespread requires him to take action by leaders within the New York state legislature and nationwide for months.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the state’s two senators, every known as for Cuomo to resign in March, together with many different members of the New York congressional delegation.
Along with the sexual harassment allegations and the alleged nursing house cover-up, Cuomo faces accusations that his places of work prioritized members of the family and allies for coronavirus exams early within the pandemic, and that he and his senior aides have a behavior of berating and belittling lower-level aides and reporters.
Additional, Cuomo nonetheless has not disclosed how a lot he made on his guide deal final 12 months and faces allegations that he impermissibly used marketing campaign assets to drive guide gross sales. Cuomo’s guide, known as “American Disaster, Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was revealed as his state had the second-highest demise charge from the virus, behind New Jersey.
Cuomo was requested on Monday to reveal how a lot he constituted of the guide however he didn’t reply, saying he would solely accomplish that when his tax returns are launched.
Fox Information’ Brittany De Lea and Brian Llenas contributed to this report.