Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — including an infamous order that put infected patients in senior care facilities alongside vulnerable elderly people.

Cuomo entered the O’Neill House Office Building a little before 10 a.m., accompanied by his attorneys and addressed reporters outside before sitting down with members of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“You know, four years ago, the Republican administration accused New York and other Democratic states of mismanaging the COVID situation, specifically mismanaging in nursing homes — and they called for a Department of Justice investigation against just four Democratic states,” Cuomo said.

“It’s ironic today that you hear complaints about the weaponization of the justice system, when they nuclearized the justice system against Democratic states,” he added, pointing to federal investigations that “found no wrongdoing” and claiming his notorious March 25, 2020, nursing home order had “followed the federal guidance.”

“It defies logic for anyone that you would mandate nursing homes, who were not capable of taking these COVID-positive patients because they didn’t have the space to separate them, or they didn’t have the PPE to care for them, or the staffing to care for them at that moment,” House COVID subcommittee member Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said before the hearing.

“What I’m seeking, really, is the answers to what led to it: Was there some type of monetary incentive for hospitals versus nursing homes versus the COVID facilities that were later set up?” she asked. “And we want to know, who was responsible for making that decision. And what was the information that they had that led them to that decision?”

“Even when you had US Navy Comfort [hospital] ship and you had South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island, a makeshift hospital that was set up for COVID patients, even when you had the Javits Center set up, they still continued this deadly mandate,” Malliotakis stressed.

“I think that we’ll have a lot more clarity as to what led to that deadly mandate that thousands of seniors died,” she concluded. “The difference is that CDC guidance had made a recommendation that certainly was not a mandate.”

House COVID subcommittee chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) pledged in a statement that “former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be held to account in front of Congress for the deadly pandemic-era nursing home policies issued under his watch.”

“This transcribed interview before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic will delve deeper into the March 25th order than any investigation has before and hopefully provide the answers that so many devastated New Yorkers have been desperately seeking since 2020,” Wenstrup added.

“The victims’ families deserve accountability — not only for the disastrous ‘must-admit’ policies, but for the coverup that ensued.”

Wenstrup also said the transcribed interview would delve into a $5 million book deal that Cuomo inked during the pandemic.

The COVID panel had threatened to subpoena Cuomo last year for testimony — and later made good on the threat before negotiating a time and place for him to answer lawmakers’ questions.

“It was inappropriate to be worried about a book deal,” Malliotakis told The Post. “And the other thing was the numbers — the numbers that the attorney general found were low-balled to make him continue look like he was doing a great job in New York when the death count showed otherwise.”

Cuomo resigned in August 2021 after a probe by New York State Attorney General Letitia James concluded he had sexually harassed or mistreated 11 women during his time in office.

Since leaving office, the former governor has reportedly been eyeing a political comeback, with insiders telling The Post recently that he may challenge Eric Adams for New York City mayor in 2025.

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