Federal prosecutors last month cited documents related to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s memoir, “American Crisis,” from people who edited early drafts of the book as part of their investigation into COVID-related deaths. 19 in nursing homes, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Journal, citing anonymous sources, reported that these attorneys from the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York Brooklyn, searched for contracts and other “materials used to present the book to publishers.”
Michael Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, told the newspaper that the materials could be of value in the investigation.
“If the reflections commemorated in the files and notes are inconsistent with what he was saying publicly or with disclosure to health officials or government, that is potentially problematic,” he said.
Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. Last month, Cuomo slammed Republicans for politicizing health care decisions in the state.
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He called the State Department of Health’s March 25, 2020 decision to order nursing homes to accept “medically stable” “smart” COVID-19 patients.
“They wanted to blame the deaths in nursing homes on this order. They then wanted to blame a report that clearly said the way COVID entered nursing homes had nothing to do with March 25. They then not only politicized it, but they also tried to criminalize it, ”Cuomo said.
Cuomo’s administration has also been accused of engaging in a multi-month concerted effort to deliberately downplay the number of COVID-19-related deaths among patients in state nursing homes.
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Cuomo’s book, titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” was published in October and debuted as a bestseller. It details the lessons learned as New York quickly became the epicenter of the pandemic outbreak in the early months of 2020.
Fox Business and Associated Press contributere to this report
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