The Biden Justice Department announced in a series of letters on Friday that it would not probe possible civil rights violations stemming from the decisions of three Democrat governors during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly individuals in nursing homes, as the New York Post reports.
According to a letter sent by the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Cornonavirus Crisis, the administration stated that it was not pursuing further investigation of decisions made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March of 2020 requiring nursing homes to admit known COVID-19-positive individuals discharged from hospital facilities.
The DOJ had previously requested records related to the outcomes of those decisions, including the number of deaths thought to have resulted from them, not just from New York, but also from Democrat-led Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey, states which implemented similar rules during the coronavirus crisis, according to the Post.
In a letter from Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta, the DOJ declared, “We have reviewed the information provided by these states along with additional information available to the Department. Based on that review, we have decided not to open a [Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act] investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time.” The Federalist reported that those three states also received individual letters letting them off the hook.
The move was swiftly blasted by Scalise, who said in a statement that it is “outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in new York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.”
“Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families?” Scalise asked, adding, “Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states.”
Among those infuriated by the administration’s decision to turn a blind eye to the unnecessary deaths resulting from the governors’ disastrous COVID-19 policies was House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, who said in a statement, “This decision from President Biden’s Department of Justice makes President Biden complicit in the criminal corruption scandal and coverup of deaths of thousands of vulnerable seniors.”
Stefanik’s comments were in reference to additional probes of Cuomo’s conduct currently being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn as well as the FBI, which are exploring allegations that his administration engaged in a cover-up of the true total of nursing home deaths occurring while his controversial policies were in effect.
Reminding Americans of the tragic human toll taken by these governors’ policies and decrying the DOJ’s decision, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean – whose own in-laws died in nursing homes due to the virus – declared Friday “a terrible day for thousands of families,” and added, “There will be no justice for our loved ones, and it feels like we’ve lost them all over again.”