Sunday, July 21, 2024

GRASSLEY: Biden to Replace NY COVID Prosecutor w/ Mother-in-Law of Cuomo’s Top Aide

'Replacing Ms. Bacon at this time would send a terrible message about the independence of the Department of Justice...'

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Wednesday said Joe Biden‘s regime must halt its effort to terminate 56 U.S. Attorneys so that ongoing investigations can continue without partisan interference, according to a press release.

Grassley hopes to preserve the investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s non-transparent handling of the coronavirus, after an aide named Melissa DeRosa testified that the Cuomo administration reported only about 50% of the state’s estimated 15,000 nursing homes death.

DeRosa acknowledged last week that the cover-up came out of fear that the actual figures might be used against Cuomo’s administration after he was widely criticized for forcing healthy nursing home residents to co-mingle with infected COVID patients.

Grassley, a ranking member and former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, outlined his concerns in a letter to Biden.

Before leaving office, former Attorney General Bill Barr started investigations to determine whether state governments violated the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act in handling the coronavirus.

The Biden regime plans to dismiss the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette Bacon, a career prosecutor.

Grassley described Bacon as the “obvious choice to continue a fair and unbiased investigation into possible violations of civil liberties of the elderly and the public corruption.”

Bacon’s dismissal would leave the investigation to Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Strauss cannot continue an impartial investigation because she is DeRosa’s mother-in-law.

“Replacing Ms. Bacon at this time would send a terrible message about the independence of the Department of Justice,” Grassley wrote.

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., also opposed Biden’s decision to
“simply fire all of President Trump’s U.S. Attorneys.”

They said they want to preserve the independence of John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, “who is supervising a sensitive political corruption investigation of Mike Madigan, an ally of former President Barack Obama.”

Grassley said Biden did not consult with home-state senators before calling for the blanket dismissal of Trump appointees.

“I ask you to review each district for critical or politically sensitive investigations, and to speak with home state senators,” he wrote.

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