Democrat Governors will not be Investigated
The DOJ has recently decided to stop all investigations in 4 out of the 5 states with the highest nursing home death cases. This news comes as a surprise to many families of the deceased parents and grandparents that were once housed in hospices across these 4 Democrat led states.
The Democrat Governors under scrutiny seem to have dodged a bullet in the interim. During the Trump Administration, the Department of Justice published a press release titled “Department of Justice Requesting Data From Governors of States that Issued COVID-19 Orders that May Have Resulted in Deaths of Elderly Nursing Home Residents.”
Additionally, the DOJ noted what the data was to be used for as their sub-title states, “Data will help inform whether the Department of Justice will initiate investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) regarding New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan’s response to COVID-19 in public nursing homes.”
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According to the CDC, As of August 26th 2020, New Jersey topped the list as the number 1 by death rates to a total of 1,733 deaths per million people. The State of New York comes in at a close second with 1,680 confirmed covid deaths per million people. In comparison to Republican led states such as Texas and Florida, the deaths per million were 380 and 480 respectively.
According to the DOJ, “The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is evaluating whether to initiate investigations under the federal “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act” (CRIPA), which protects the civil rights of persons in state-run nursing homes, among others. The Civil Rights Division seeks to determine if the state orders requiring admission of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes is responsible for the deaths of nursing home residents.”
The Governors in question are:
- Michigan’s Governor Whitmer
- New York’s Governor Cuomo
- California’s Governor Gavin Newsome
- Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf
- New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy
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According to Michigan.gov’s Coronavirus Data, their population above the age of 60 had a death rate of over 87% of those COVID-19 cases that were confirmed. Even Tudor Dixon, who is a Republican Candidate Hoping to take over Whitmer’s position was gravely affected by Whitmer’s COVID-19 directives.
According to reports, Tudor Dixon denounced the Department of Justice for “putting partisan politics ahead of accountability.” Dixon’s grandmother died in a nursing home during Whitmer’s pandemic shutdowns. Dixon was unable to visit her grandmother as Whitmer’s EO’s barred anyone from visiting their loved ones in a nursing home or hospice. Whitmer’s emergency powers have since been repealed in a VETO proof citizen’s petition that supersedes Whitmer’s executive order powers.
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Melissa DeRosa, now a well-known Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide apologized privately to Democrat Lawmakers as reported by the POST. She apologized for hiding the nursing home COVID-19 death tolls, afraid that the real numbers would be used against them politically and criminally by Federal Prosecutors under the Trump Administration.
According to a 2-hour recording of the meeting, Melissa DeRosa stated right after her admission to the Lawmakers that, “right around the same time, President Donald Trump turned this into a giant political football”, she followed with “He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes. He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer. He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us. And basically, we froze,” Melissa DeRosa said to Lawmakers on the meeting.
Melissa DeRosa continued with, “Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us, while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”
DeRosa added: “That played a very large role into this.” As reported by the NY POST.
For the moment, it looks as if Governor Cuomo has once again dodged a speeding bullet as well as all other 4 Governors that ordered Nursing Homes to accept patients just getting over COVID. Will this case be brought up in the future under a Republican lead House or Senate? Time will tell.
Come back to this article for more updates on further investigations on the Nursing Home deaths.