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Federal probe of Cuomo coverup raised at DOJ nominee's Senate hearing

Added 02-22-21 06:18:03pm EST - “The scandal enveloping Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeped into the confirmation hearing for President Biden's attorney general nominee Monday, when Merrick Garland was asked whether a reported federal ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Federal probe of Cuomo coverup raised at DOJ nominee’s Senate hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The scandal enveloping Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeped into the confirmation hearing for President Biden’s attorney general nominee Monday, when Merrick Garland was asked whether a reported federal probe would be compromised by the personal ties a top Cuomo aide shares with one of New York City’s two US attorneys.

Garland, a federal appeals judge, would oversee Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss, the mother-in-law of Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, who admitted the administration withheld the true number of deaths among nursing home residents due to COVID-19, her explosive remarks revealed earlier this month by The Post.

The Democratic governor has tried to walk back DeRosa’s remarks, saying she was referring to stonewalling of state legislators, rather than an Oct. 27 request for data from the Justice Department. Skeptics say DeRosa’s remarks seem to describe a stonewalling of the feds, too.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Garland at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that he was concerned about Strauss’ role.

“In this instance, the acting US attorney is the mother in law of the senior official in the Cuomo administration that admitted to the coverup. Will you at least commit to not having the administrative investigation done by a person with a conflict of interest?” Cruz asked.

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