The Department of Justice (DOJ) has refused to open a civil rights case into Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s for nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. I guess that means New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is also off limits as far as our corrupted DOJ is concerned. More on that later.
Michigan was one of the four states, all Democrat run, that the Trump DOJ wanted to look at their data to determine if their policies for nursing homes that were made early on in the COVID-19 pandemic were criminal as in violation of the “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.”
On Thursday, in a letter sent by Steven Rosenbaum, chief of the department’s Special Litigation Section it said, “We have reviewed the information you provided along with additional information available to the Department. Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA investigation of any public nursing facility within Michigan at this time.”
So, the Democrats got away with murder again.
On August 26, 2020, the DOJ under Attorney General Bill Barr requested information from Democrat states Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania indicating their policies that required nursing homes to take in COVID-19-infected patients at nursing home facilities, “often without adequate testing.”
“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” said then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband. “We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”
Many, me included, believe there was an on-going conspiracy to make the pandemic hurt as much as possible in an effort to drown then President Donald Trump in negativity to cause the American people to turn on him in the 2020 election. Getting rid of Trump became the focal point of everything Democrats worked for and cared about regardless of any collateral damage that may have happened.
The Democrats added incentives in federal monies given to hospitals and care facilities for every COVID death with the pretense of needing the extra money to pay for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospital workers. This is why most everyone who died in a hospital was listed as a COVID death whether they ever had the virus or not. For example, in many cases people who died in car accidents were listed as a COVID death even though the hospital had no idea if the patient ever contracted the disease. We’ve all read those stories. Then there was the case of hospitals lumping together patients who died with COVID and people who died from COVID.
Whitmer’s office denounced the Trump administration claiming they were playing “partisan games” at the time.
“The fact that this letter was sent during the middle of the Republican National Convention week to four Democratic governors should make it crystal clear that this is nothing more than election year politics by an administration that is more concerned with the president’s re-election campaign than protecting Michigan seniors,” her press secretary said in a statement on Aug. 26.
The only thing that was crystal clear was that those four states murdered senior citizens by violating the CDC protocols on nursing homes.
In New York’s case, the Cuomo administration tried to blame the Trump administration for their over 15,000 nursing home COVID-releated deaths by claiming the CDC guidance told them to use nursing homes for COVID patients. It was one of the biggest and boldest lies Cuomo ever told, and that’s saying something. The CDC guidance said that as a last resort, if hospitals become overrun with COVIDF patients, states could work with nursing homes to create protocols and procedures for safely accepting COVID-infected patients. None of the states investigated had hospitals that were overrun, creating a need for moving COVID patients into nursing homes. And in every case they just dumped COVID patients into the laps of unsuspecting nursing care facilities without ever working with them to create the protocols for safety. They just dropped them off and forced the homes to accept them, wiped their hands and spit.
Seema Verma, the then Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, said that New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and other Democrat governors originally issued guidance that contradicted federal guidelines for nursing homes battling the pandemic virus.
“I just want to make it very clear that our guidance was absolutely crystal clear,” Verma said in an interview late last week. “It was clear and unmistakable. Any insinuation to the contrary is woefully mistaken at best and dishonest at worst. We put out our guidance on March 13. It’s very clear when it says that, I’m actually going to read this to you, it says that: ‘When should a nursing home accept a resident who is diagnosed with (Disease That Must Not Be Named)?’ It says: ‘A nursing home can accept a resident diagnosed with (Disease That Must Not Be Named) and still under transmission-based precautions,’ which means if this person is infectious you have to take precautions. It says ‘as long as the facility can follow CDC guidance for transmission-based precautions.’ It says: ‘If a nursing home cannot, it must wait until these precautions are discontinued,’ meaning if you are not able to care for this patient—somebody is still positive and you’re not equipped to care for the patient, then you shouldn’t accept the patient into your care. That’s really important because longstanding discharge—when you’re discharging a patient from the hospital, longstanding guidelines require when you transfer them somewhere you transfer them to a place that can take care of their needs whether they’re going home or they’re going to a nursing home or some other facility.”
Verma added later that it’s “disingenuous” for Democrats such as Cuomo to say they were following federal guidelines when they weren’t.
“I think the most important thing though is I think it’s disingenuous to try to undermine the federal guidelines,” Verma said. “They were absolutely clear and nursing homes across the country adhered to those and that’s why we’ve seen at the vast majority of nursing homes. I just don’t think we should ever put a nursing home in a situation or a patient where we force them to take a patient they are not prepared to care for. That not only jeopardizes the patient but it jeopardizes the health and safety of every single resident in that nursing home.”
Michigan Republican lawmakers tried to hold similar state-level investigations into Whitmer and nursing homes. In March, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel refused a request to investigate Whitmer, saying she would not “abuse the investigatory powers of this department to launch a political attack on any state official, regardless of party or beliefs.” The only people playing politics are Democrats. People died because Democrats in charge either made incompetent mistakes or worse.
It’s amazing that Democrats in power DO NOT CARE that there are serious questions about the deaths of innocent people that may be the cause of either malfeasance or incompetence when it is Democrats who were in charge. You know darn right well these same holders of power would be playing a different tune had Republican state administrations done the same thing.
Meanwhile, state Auditor General Doug Ringler agreed to investigate deaths in care homes after Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Steven Johnson had asked him to do a “comprehensive study of reported and unreported deaths in long-term care facilities.” The audit is expected to conclude in September or October, Ringler said.
Even though the DOJ has refused to investigate one of its loyal soldiers in Michigan, they have said that they are looking at New York’s Cuomo administration for its handling of nursing home patients after an aide to the governor let the cat out of the bag that the Cuomo administration hid COVID nursing home deaths data from the DOJ to avoid responsibility. But the Marxist corruption factor has to be taken into consideration, because Cuomo is currently in hot water in his state with New York Democrats who are trying to get rid of him after they felt it safe to point out that the man is a real pariah and a despicable human being.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office found the Cuomo administration fudged the numbers of nursing home deaths by cutting the tally by nearly half. But make no mistake about it, the reason the Soros-purchased AG James has even gone that far is because Cuomo is on the outs in New York politics over #MeToo accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
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The Democrats have corrupted everything. Imagine there’s no justice because Democrats are in charge. John Lennon never sang about that.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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