The FBI and the Brooklyn prosecutor’s office intend to find out whether Andrew Cuomo used his official position to provide his aides and younger brother with priority access to coronavirus tests.
The FBI and the Brooklyn Prosecutor’s Office, which are conducting a joint investigation, intend to find out whether the governor used his official position to provide his aides and his younger brother – CNN anchor Chris Cuomo – with priority access to coronavirus tests.
Sources of the publication previously reported that the tests of the younger Cuomo and some of the governor’s aides in the face of an acute shortage of tests in March and April 2020 were primarily checked in the laboratory. According to The Wall Street Journal, investigators have recently held conversations with several representatives of the governor’s office who were involved in the coronavirus testing program.
In February of this year, the FBI and the Brooklyn Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the Cuomo administration, suspected of concealing the true number of COVID-19 victims in the state’s nursing homes in the spring and summer of last year. The reason for the investigation was the admission of Cuomo’s closest aide, Melissa DeRosa, who told a private meeting with local Democratic lawmakers on February 10 that the state administration prevented the provision of such data when it was officially requested in August by the relevant US services.
This is not the first high profile scandal in recent months in which the governor was involved. The profile committee of the lower house of the New York State Legislature in March began proceedings after several women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior against the governor. Cuomo denies the allegations and says he has no intention of resigning. In 2020, Cuomo was very popular in the United States, because it was believed that he effectively organized the state to fight the spread of infection.