Andrew Cuomo Subpoenaed By Republicans

By Victor Winston, updated on March 5, 2024

In a significant turn of events, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finds himself at the center of a congressional probe.

Congressional Republicans have subpoenaed Cuomo to testify about his administration's handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo's administration has been under scrutiny for its management of nursing home policies at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, led by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, issued the subpoena.

Cuomo has been accused of mandating policies that allegedly endangered the lives of New York's elderly. Furthermore, his administration is criticized for supposedly downplaying the actual number of COVID-19 deaths within nursing homes.

The controversy stems from an order issued by Cuomo on March 25, 2020, compelling nursing homes to admit patients with known or suspected COVID-19. This directive was later rescinded on May 10, 2020. According to official reports, over 12,000 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in New York nursing homes.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup commented on the situation, stating:

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented nursing home policies that had deadly consequences for New York’s most vulnerable population. Not only did the former Governor put the elderly in harm’s way, but he also attempted to cover up his failures by hiding the true nursing home death rate.

Nursing Home Crisis Under the Microscope

The New York Attorney General, Letitia James, in 2021, reported that the death toll was likely significantly higher than reported. This revelation has fueled further investigations into Cuomo's actions during the pandemic.

Cuomo has defended his decisions, stating his policies were in line with CDC guidance. However, under Wenstrup's leadership, the subcommittee asserts that there has been delay and obstruction from Cuomo and his legal team concerning the committee's investigation.

The subpoena compels Cuomo to appear for a deposition on May 24. The committee's endeavors began in December of an unspecified year, with attempts to schedule an interview with the former governor starting in earnest in February.

Allegations of Politics Over Medicine

According to Wenstrup, the committee's decision to issue a subpoena was due to Cuomo "repeatedly refusing the Select Subcommittee’s attempts to schedule a transcribed interview in a reasonable timeframe."

The congressman added, "In addition to the March 25 Order itself, there is also troubling evidence suggesting the Cuomo Administration at best downplayed its impacts and at worst covered them up."

The gravity of these investigations cannot be overstated. It involves scrutinizing decisions that may have had dire consequences for some of New York's most vulnerable citizens during an unprecedented global health crisis. Cuomo, for his part, maintains that his decisions were justified based on the guidance available at the time.

As the story unfolds, both sides of the political aisle watch closely. The trial by public opinion and the potential legal ramifications present a complex scenario for Cuomo and his legacy as New York's governor. The impact of this investigation may resonate far beyond the state, influencing future policies on managing health crises in vulnerable communities.


Former Governor Andrew Cuomo finds himself compelled by a congressional subpoena to address accusations surrounding his administration's nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The allegations include endangering the elderly and concealing the true death toll, with the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic pushing for clarity and accountability. As May 24 approaches, the nation waits to see how this critical inquiry will unfold.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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