Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a full Department of Justice investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in New York nursing homes, and called Cuomo’s alleged threats against a state lawmaker typical of the governor’s “bullying” tactics.

“That’s classic Andrew Cuomo. A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls. The bullying is nothing new,” de Blasio said Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “It’s very, very sad. No public servant, no person who’s telling the truth should be treated that way.”

Assembly member Ron Kim (D-Queens) said Cuomo called him and threatened to publicly destroy him if he did not change his statements about a Cuomo aide’s admission that the administration had deliberately withheld information on the full death toll at nursing homes.