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DOJ Will Decide Whether to Investigate New York Nursing Home Deaths: White House

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DOJ Will Decide Whether to Investigate New York Nursing Home Deaths: White House

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will make the decision on a potential probe of New York officials over nursing home deaths from COVID-19, the White House said Friday. “Any investigation, I would point to the Department of Justice,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington. “Again, any investigation would be led by the Department of Justice. We are in a new age. They’re independent and they will determine what path they take moving forward,” she added when pressed on the matter. The DOJ didn’t respond to a request for comment. New York Attorney General Letitia James published an investigation this week that found state officials underreported COVID-19-related nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent in some places. James, a Democrat, said that Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to order recovering nursing home patients to be returned to the facilities to free up hospital beds may have led …

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