House Democrats Renew Investigation Into Trump-Era COVID-19 Response

House Oversight Chairman Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., is renewing an investigation into previous President Donald Trumps handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Home Oversight Chairman Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., is renewing an investigation into previous President Donald Trumps handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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” The previous Administration refused to comply with the Select Subcommittees questions, with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blocking documents and witnesses related to the politicization of public health info, supply and screening lacks, vaccine advancement and circulation, and other important aspects of the countrys infection response,” Clyburn composed. “Documents recently obtained by the Select Subcommittee raise even more concerns about political interference with the coronavirus action during the previous Administration.”

Democrats have actually promised to continue their probe into the actions of the previous administration while offering oversight over the continuous response to the ongoing crisis.

Home Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., sent out letters to White House chief of personnel Ron Klain and acting Health and Human Services Secretary Norris Cochran informing them of the examinations and additional evidence. Clyburn mentions an internal HHS email that he says includes details of an effort to end screening of asymptomatic infections over concerns that individuals who check positive would suppress the economy and quarantine.

The White House and Department of Health and Human Services did not instantly respond to ask for remark.

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The letter focuses especially on accusations that Trump administration advisor Dr. Paul Alexander attempted to suppress clinical information and forced members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to change public information.

The letter likewise describes questions about the Trump administrations method to herd immunity, vaccine distribution and controversial treatments like hydroxychloroquine. Democrats began examining a lot of those concerns last spring, and the letter information prepares to continue that probe.

Committee Democrats likewise mention e-mails in between Alexander and previous Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Caputo pressing to resume services based on info that contradicted Centers for Disease Control guidance.

Your house released a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in April 2020. The bipartisan committee started investigative work in 2015, however the Trump administration mostly refused to cooperate with their probe. The committee released subpoenas for previous HHS Secretary Alex Azar and then-CDC Director Robert Redfield in December 2020, but those subpoenas were disregarded.

House Democrats are restoring their examination into the Trump administrations handling of the coronavirus crisis, mentioning brand-new documents and what they call proof of political disturbance in the federal government action to the infection.