“Where is the Justice for Nursing Home Victims & Their Grieving Families?”
If you needed any further proof that our justice system has been completely politicized, you’re in luck. As January 6th rioters languish in solitary confinement with no trial, the Department of Justice has announced that it will not investigate COVID deaths in nursing homes in some states.
Blue states, naturally.
Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan is getting a pass.
Jeremy Beaman writes at the Washington Examiner:
Justice Department declines to investigate Whitmer over nursing home deaths
The Justice Department declined to open a civil rights investigation into Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies for nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan was one of four states the Trump-era Justice Department sought data from on suspicion that policies for care homes imposed early during the health crisis may have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of seniors in violation of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.
“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,” Steven Rosenbaum, chief of the department’s Special Litigation Section, wrote in a letter to Whitmer’s office on Thursday.
Same goes for Governor Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania.
Sarah Polus writes at The Hill:
DOJ declines to investigate Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 nursing home regulations
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said it will not open an investigation into Pennsylvania’s handling of COVID-19 patients at nursing homes, The Associated Press reports.
The DOJ told Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) office in a letter that it would not look further into whether the state’s pandemic mandate, which stipulated that nursing homes had to admit residents who had been treated for COVID-19 at a hospital, was a violation of federal law.
In the letter, Steven H. Rosenbaum, chief of the department’s special litigation section, said the department had made the decision to not press further after reviewing additional information regarding the mandate.
Andrew Cuomo in New York? No DOJ investigation.
The Olean Times Herald reports:
DOJ says no probe into nursing homes in NY
The Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, according to a letter sent Friday to several Republican members of Congress.
Under former President Donald Trump’s administration, the department’s civil rights division requested data last August from four states — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan — about the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in public nursing homes.
The request came amid still-unanswered questions about whether some states, especially New York, inadvertently worsened the pandemic death toll by requiring nursing homes to accept residents previously hospitalized for COVID-19.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) released this statement:
Where is the Justice for Nursing Home Victims & Their Grieving Families?
Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) today blasted the Department of Justice’s refusal to investigate deadly mandates in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan sending COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes and long-term care facilities, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of seniors.
“It is outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens. Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families? These deadly orders contradicted the CDC’s guidance, and needlessly endangered the most vulnerable among us to the deadly COVID-19 virus. Even worse, Governor Cuomo in New York intentionally tried to cover up the true death toll resulting from his mandate. Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states.”
Merrick Garland is nothing more than a hatchet man for the Democratic party, passing out indulgences or jail sentences based on party affiliation.
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