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Now that Democrats are in charge of near everything in the United States they no longer have the benefit of blaming Republicans for their failures.
That is a hard truth being faced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has members of his own party going against him as they are “inching toward” impeachment, Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast reported.
“It will take a little time to build that consensus, but every day we are inching toward the impeachment process,” Assemblyman Ronald Kim said in an interview on the podcast.
He said he believes that that “virtually all” Republicans and between 25 and 30 Democratic legislators want an impeachment inquiry into the governor. And he said that the number is growing.
Kim, who considers himself a progressive socialist, made the comments after recounting how Cuomo called him up at home and “berated” him, threatening to destroy his career if the lawmaker didn’t immediately retract his comments accusing Cuomo’s administration of withholding evidence about nursing home deaths. Kim said Cuomo’s comments “traumatized” his wife and prompted him to hire a lawyer.
Cuomo has adamantly denied Kim’s account, and during a news conference in Albany on Friday he pushed back on the accusations against him, charging that his critics are spreading “lies” and “misinformation” about nursing home deaths.
“I’m not going to let you hurt New Yorkers by lying about what happened. Surrounding the death of a loved one,” the governor said. “So I’m going to take on the lies and the unscrupulous actors, especially when they cause pain and damage to New York.” he said. “I should have done it before. And I should have done it more aggressively.”
If there is one thing Gov. Cuomo is not lacking it is being aggressive. But apparently he believes he has not been aggressive enough.
But for all his bluster it has not stopped the FBI and federal prosecutors from opening a criminal probe into how his administration has handled the nursing home crisis.
Kim said that he has heard that the investigation is focused partially on “obstruction of justice” and he is fully prepared to cooperate with federal authorities.
“Of course, I’m prepared to comply and spend as much time handing over as much evidence as they want,” the legislator said. “I expect many of us to be contacted very soon.”
Kim believes that the concealing of data and the governor’s decision to support and sign legislation last spring that gave nursing homes and their executives immunity from lawsuits from deaths during the pandemic needs to be investigated.
“If we had the real-time data — which they were holding onto — we would have had the argument to repeal that immunity,” Kim said. “Instead, because we didn’t see the whole picture, we were only able to repeal” part of the immunity last July.
“So this is one clear example of what we could have done differently in terms of policy if they had shared the data in real time,” he said. “But they made a choice not to do it. All of those decisions need to be investigated. Who gave him the language of the immunity? [The] industry came in and even said and bragged in a press release that we got this done for nursing homes and hospitals.”