Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean responded to the Cuomo family's alleged attacks against her on Monday by promising to pursue legal action in return.
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Dean told BlazeTV host Glenn Beck that she would be filing a Freedom of Information Law request to find out if former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration had talked about her or her family during his tenure.
The on-air personality — who lost her mother- and father-in-law to COVID-19 last year — became a vocal critic of the former governor and specifically his deadly policy forcing nursing homes to accept infected patients who had been discharged from the hospital.
Reports surfaced last week that her outspoken criticism of the governor ruffled some feathers within his inner circle and prompted his brother, disgraced former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, to see if he could help take care of the problem.
A source allegedly told the New York Post that Chris Cuomo asked in a text to a staffer in his brother's administration how he could go after “this Fox weather bitch……Any help painting her as a far right crazy?”
During Monday's interview with Beck, Dean said she wasn't surprised by the news, given what she had been told about the Cuomos.
She said that early on in the pandemic when she first started speaking out against the former governor, several people who knew the family warned her to tread carefully.
"They told me, 'Watch your back: These people are vindictive. They will come after you. They will do whatever they have to do to silence you,'" Dean recalled.
"So I'm not surprised that this information is coming out, but what I am doing is filing what they call a FOIL request ... here in New York to see if I can find any paperwork, official documentation from the Cuomo administration and Chris Cuomo talking about myself or my family," Dean said.
She also said she knew a few people who have been "tallying up all the potential crimes" that the Cuomo family has committed and indicated that some of their actions "might even fall under the [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations] RICO act" — a law used in the 1980s in New York to bring down Mafia bosses.
"This is like an organized crime family, and I'm not joking about this," she added.
Dean also told Beck she believes Andrew Cuomo could potentially face jail time over his actions as governor.
"Last spring we found out our governor forced 9,000 COVID-infected patients to go into nursing homes, including my husband's parents, and so I've kind of been on a mission to find out why, and then find out also why he hid those numbers," she said.
"We now know the timeline corresponded with his $5.2 million book celebrating himself, saying he was like the best leader in the middle of a pandemic," she noted, later charging Cuomo with "covering up nursing home deaths to benefit himself and his family."