The FBI and Brooklyn federal prosecutors are circling nearer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as they probe if he and his administration offered false knowledge to attenuate nursing dwelling resident deaths from COVID-19, sources instructed The Publish Friday night time.
Investigators have contacted attorneys for Cuomo’s aides, interviewed senior state Well being Division officers and subpoenaed the governor’s workplace for paperwork regarding the alleged knowledge coverup, the sources stated.
The New York Instances first reported the probe earlier Friday, citing 4 unnamed sources with data of the investigation.
Well being officers are being grilled about nursing home-related COVID-19 case and dying knowledge the state submitted final 12 months to the Justice Division, sources instructed The Publish.
The probe, which is being overseen by the Jap District of New York, opened with interviews of senior members of Cuomo’s coronavirus job drive however now could be Cuomo and his most senior aides as nicely.
The state Well being Division’s July report back to the Justice Division had listed solely the nursing dwelling residents who died from the virus whereas nonetheless of their nursing dwelling beds — minimizing the dying toll by excluding those that died after being taken to hospitals.
His administration waited eight extra months earlier than coughing up the true totals; as The Publish solely reported final month, high Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa was caught on tape admitting the book-cooking to forestall then-president Donald Trump “flip[ing] this into an enormous political soccer.”