by Frank Holmes, reporter
Reports say that if he’s elected president, Joe Biden would like to give the full legal authority of the federal government—including the power to investigate, wiretap, and prosecute its enemies—to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Joe Biden reportedly wants to name Cuomo the nation’s top prosecutor, U.S. Attorney General.
Negotiations are so serious that Fox News reports the National Governors Association, which Cuomo chairs, is already scrambling to replace Cuomo if he joins the Biden administration in January 2021.
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The Attorney General position is always pivotal. However, the party’s base has already signaled it will look to the AG to prosecute Donald Trump and his family for alleged “collusion” with Russia, as well as possibly slap the president’s followers with trumped-up charges in federal courts for the next four or eight years.
“You can be sure that under Cuomo, the Little Sisters of the Poor will be back in court,” wrote Stacey Lennox at PJ Media. “States that have passed restrictions on abortion will find themselves in the crosshairs of a Cuomo DOJ. Lawsuits by the pro-abortion activists would have the full weight of the country’s premier law enforcement agency behind them.”
Gov. Cuomo’s administration in Albany also attacked the Second Amendment, saying it urged “all insurance companies and banks doing business in New York to join the companies that have already discontinued their arrangements with the NRA.”
Cuomo served as New York state attorney general from 2007 until 2010, where he legally pressured lenders to make subprime mortgages, setting the stage for the Great Recession.
“One of the key reasons why [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are] bankrupt today, and why the government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in supporting them, is because of the edicts pushed through by Mr. Cuomo,” banking analyst Dick Bove, of Rochdale Securities told CNBC in 2010.
Cuomo, who has been governor of New York since 2011, has waved away talk of serving in the Biden administration. His senior adviser, Richard Azzopardi, told the left-wing news outlet Axios he’s “100%” sure that Cuomo has “made zero outreach, has had zero conversations about this.”
The governor personally denied the reports Monday on NBC’s Today show, saying, “Those rumors … those are only from people who want to get me out of New York.”
And Cuomo told Good Morning America earlier this year that his feeling about leading a federal agency is, “Been there, done that.”
Cuomo served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during President Bill Clinton’s second term, from 1997 to 2001. “It’s also thought by many that the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing their homes, are [doing so] to a great degree because of the actions taken by Mr. Cuomo at HUD,” said Bove.
Cuomo says this time, he’s not leaving the governor’s mansion.
“I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me,” Cuomo said. “I only represent the people of the state. I have no agenda besides theirs.”
Cuomo also tied his decision not to go to Washington to his controversial handling of the coronavirus. “I said when this COVID situation started, just so I had total credibility with the people of the state, ‘I’m not running for president, I’m not running for vice president, I don’t want to go to Washington. I just am giving you the straight advice as your governor,’” he said.
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Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit patients infected with COVID-19, which he called the “European virus,” causing infection rates to surge and leading to thousands of deaths.
Cuomo may have other reasons for turning down the AG job. The white male may want to avoid a confrontation with the party’s base, which demands “diversity” in federal appointments. The AG position is less visible than that of a governor—a job that has let him host daily television addresses.
Most importantly, the straightest path to the White House runs through the governor’s mansion. Four of the last seven presidents have been governors. The only cabinet secretary to mount a presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lost.
If he changes his mind, Cuomo could be the most liberal AG in years.
In 2014, Cuomo said that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life,” pro-Second Amendment, and opposed gay marriage “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
As Attorney General, could he apply the law fairly—or would his bias force him to make sure conservatives have no place in the United States?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”