Congressional subcommittee investigating the handling of nursing homes during COVID-19 issues subpoena to Andrew Cuomo

by | Mar 5, 2024

The House subcommittee responsible for examining the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has issued a subpoena to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding his administration's management of nursing homes during the pandemic. The subpoena requests a deposition in Washington on May 24.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is particularly interested in questioning Cuomo about one of his administration's most contentious COVID-era directives: the instruction for nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-positive patients discharged from hospitals. This directive has been heavily criticized, with concerns raised that it contributed to a rise in deaths within nursing homes.

The subpoena and accompanying letter from the Republican-led subcommittee represent the most recent development for the former New York governor, who has been under intense scrutiny regarding his administration's management of nursing homes during the pandemic. In 2021, ABC News disclosed that federal prosecutors in Brooklyn were examining Cuomo's coronavirus task force, with a specific focus on nursing homes. However, no charges were filed.

Republican Rep. James Comer, the chairman of the Oversight Committee, signed the subpoena, granting the subcommittee the authority to issue subpoenas.

In the accompanying seven-page letter to Cuomo, the committee emphasized the significance of his testimony, stating it is crucial as the panel proceeds with its investigation into “the effectiveness of federal guidance and regulations” implemented during the pandemic.

Source: ABC News

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