THE DAILY REFORMER (NEW YORK, UNITED STATES)
The walls are really starting to close in on Andrew Cuomo…
With the stunning admission that his state withheld COVID-19 nursing home deaths from the federal government, many are sharpening their pitch forks and aiming them at Cuomo’s seat.
Now the New York Assembly Republicans have officially began the impeachment process against Governor Cuomo for his potential crimes with the nursing home scandal.
Time to start packing your bags Cuomo…won’t be long now.
On Thursday, Assembly Republicans announced a resolution to create an impeachment commission consisting of eight bipartisan members of the legislature. The panel would have 60 days to conduct its work and submit its findings and recommendations to the state legislature.
“The Cuomo Administration’s nursing home cover-up is one of the most alarming scandals we’ve seen in state government,” Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay said in a statement. “It is incumbent upon the Legislature to undertake a comprehensive, bipartisan review of the Cuomo Administration’s policies, decisions and actions on this matter and render a decision on what steps must be taken to hold the governor accountable.”
Introducing the resolution is the first step in the process of potentially impeaching Cuomo. But, the commission might never come to fruition. For the resolution to pass in the Assembly, Republicans would need support from at least 32 Democrats and the one Independent. In the State Senate, Republicans would need 12 Democrats.
Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s top aide, told legislators in a call that the governor’s office delayed providing information to the legislature about nursing home deaths because it worried about the data being “used against” them in a Department of Justice investigation. The decision was quickly labeled as a “cover-up,” and Democrats are pushing to strip Cuomo of the emergency powers he was granted at the start of the pandemic.
Democrats accusing Cuomo of “obstruction of justice” indicates there is “clearly a willingness” on the other side of the aisle to “pursue a path” like impeachment, Michael Fraser, Barclay’s communications director, told Newsweek. However, he wouldn’t characterize Barclay as being “confident” in Republicans’ ability to pass the resolution forming the commission and put the onus on Democrats.
While this impeachment isn’t a guaranteed way to oust Cuomo, it will certainly get the ball rolling.
Either way, Cuomo seriously needs to just resign over this.
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