World DOJ won't investigate 2020 nursing home orders in New York, other states
Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results come to light
A hand-written document released by the DOJ has the former president’s actions catching up with him.In a phone conversation with then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard P. Donoghue and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Trump suggested that the election should be declared corrupt despite there being no proof of rampant fraud. This new information was made public on Friday when the Committee on Oversight and Reform released Deputy Attorney General Donoghue’s handwritten notes documenting the conversation and helping to fill in the blanks concerning Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results.
TheCivil Rights Division will not be launching investigations into nursing homes in and other states whose governors forced facilities to admit COVID-19 patients despite their vulnerable populations, the agency informed GOP lawmakers Friday.
However, an investigation by federal prosecutors into New York Gov.and his administration over their handling of the crisis remains ongoing.
In a letter to House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis ranking member Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta wrote that the agency's Civil Rights Division has "decided not to open a [Civil Rights of Institutional Persons Act] investigation of any public nursing home facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time" after reviewing information sent to them by the respective states.
Trump told DOJ officials in December 2020 to call election 'corrupt,' notes show
Former President Trump instructed top officials at the Department of Justice to call the 2020 general election “corrupt” in support of his efforts to overturn the election.The instructions were given during a Dec. 27 phone conversation with then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue.
The Civil Rights Division – which has the authority to investigate unlawful conditions in local- or state-run nursing homes – is, the letter said, currently conducting an investigation into two facilities in New Jersey.
Thereported that the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn launched a probe into Cuomo's order on nursing homes and allegations that his administration under-reported COVID-19 deaths in the facilities in a purported effort to avoid political fallout. That investigation, launched after prompting from a delegation of New York lawmakers, is still ongoing.
The newspaper also reported that New York has a small number of government-run nursing homes that would fall under the DOJ Civil Rights Division's purview, with only 7% of the state's 630 nursing homes being run by state or local agencies.
Florida, a Haven for Retirees, Has Second-Lowest U.S. Vaccination Rate for Nursing Home Staff
New cases of COVID-19 have been surging in Florida, recently accounting for one-fifth of all new U.S. cases.Just 41.8 percent of Florida nursing home staff have been fully vaccinated against the virus, not far from Louisiana's national low of 41.1 percent, according to data released Tuesday by AARP. Almost 84 percent of staff were vaccinated in top-ranked Hawaii, while the national average vaccination rate for nursing home staff is 56 percent.
Meanwhile, Republicans blasted the DOJ's decision not to launch investigations into the Democrat-run states.
"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," No. 3 House Republican and New York Rep. Elise Stefanik wrote in a statement following the DOJ's letter, saying, "New Yorkers deserve answers and accountability."
"I was the first member of Congress to call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo's corrupt criminal coverup and I will continue to fight for the families who lost loves ones because of the cruelty and corruption of our Governor," she continued, adding, "Tens of thousands of heartbroken New Yorkers are counting on us to deliver justice for their loved ones. We will never give up."
Sydney nursing home, schools virus fears .
Coronavirus cases at a Sydney nursing home have reached 20, as the union for NSW's independent schools argues against reopening plans for Year 12.The union for independent school staff in NSW, meanwhile, has called on the government to rethink its Year 12 reopening plan for August 16.