WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed and other colleagues sent a letter Wednesday to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson requesting the Department of Justice to immediately issue subpoenas for Governor Cuomo and other officials.
The request, which is also for the Secretary to the Governor, the New York State Commissioner of Health, and their staff on all documentation and communications related to their nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reed spoke with reporters during his weekly media conference Thursday morning. He tells WNY News Now that he wants to know more about the thought process that Cuomo and his administration had in creating its COVID-19 nursing home policies which he says lead to at least 15,000 deaths.
“We want to know who, what, where, how and why those decisions were made, and we want to make sure justice is done for those 15,000 souls,” Reed said. “And, most importantly, we want to make sure that we deal with this virus to its conclusion and put it in the history books, that we do not create the same risk scenario that potentially could kill more individuals in our nursing homes because of these decisions that were made by Governor Cuomo back in the day.”
The Congressman says that he believes the Department of Justice will take on the subpoenas because of the fact that they’ve pledged to be an independent department.
The group also requested an update on the Civil Rights Division’s inquiry into New York State’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.
Reed’s full letter is posted below: