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Gov. Cuomo’s Memoir Materials Subpoenaed Over Nursing-Home Death Investigation

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Breaking Monday evening, the United States Department of Justice has subpoenaed material in relation to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s memoir as part of an investigation into COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.

A January 2021 report from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged nursing-home deaths may have been underreported by as much as half. In February, federal prosecutors began a criminal investigation into Cuomo’s management of the nursing homes during the pandemic and its mandated lockdown.

The Wall Street Journal reported that prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York requested communications associated with Cuomo’s book, American Crisis. Materials included contracts and documents used during the pitching process to publishers.

People familiar with the case have suggested subpoenas were issued because prosecutors wanted to probe the details of the nursing home debacle discussed in the memoir. Among the individuals who received subpoenas for materials are state officials who aided the Governor in editing early versions of his book, the Wall Street Journal reported.

National Review writes, “the news of the subpoena comes after it was discovered that Cuomo’s book, which covered New York’s response to the COVID crisis, was positioned to earn $5.1 million…Cuomo reportedly secured $3.21 million in 2020, and he is set to receive an additional $2 to be paid out over the next two years, state officials told the New York Times.”

Scandal upon scandal has clouded over Cuomo recently. Multiple allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace have been made against him, as well as an April inquiry opened to determine if he unlawfully abused state resources for his book.

Resources, such as staffers, are alleged to have been used by the Governor unlawfully in order to draft and promote the book after State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli sent a formal referral letter to James saying evidence against Cuomo warranted a criminal investigation.

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  1. Michael Joseph

    June 8, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Put em’ ALL IN JAIL. This administration seems to be so corrupt from the Biden, to the Coumo’s, and then some!
    We need President Donald J. Trump back in office ASAP before this president totally gives away this country. Michael

  2. gypsykaye

    June 8, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t see anything coming of this. He’s a dem so he will literally get away with mass murder and they will believe him over all the women.

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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