Pelosi and Schiff At It Again, Demand New Investigations of President, Now Around COVID-19 Response
April 3, 2020 (EIRNS)—In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, in which the Trump Administration is calling on all Americans to unite since “we’re in this together,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her sidekick Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have teamed up again to launch yet another investigation of the President. Just a couple of months out of the impeachment fraud they ran, the two now claim that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus response must be investigated.
Yesterday Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, a “bipartisan” committee that will have authority to investigate any aspect of the virus emergency and the Trump Administration’s handling of it, the Washington Examiner reported.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Pelosi said she wants the new committee to be similar to the 1941 Truman Committee which investigated fraud, abuse, and waste in defense spending. It will be headed by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). The committee will oversee how the $2 trillion stimulus package is spent, and will have subpoena power.
For his part, “Shifty” Schiff is said to be drafting legislation to create a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate what he claims are “mistakes” in the Administration’s response to the virus. Handling of virus testing and distribution of personal protective equipment for health-care workers are two areas he demands be scrutinized. Speaking on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell show, he charged that Trump’s delay in responding to the virus has had “catastrophic consequences.” As occurred after Pearl Harbor or 9/11, he intoned, the new commission will have to “look at what went wrong and learn from our mistakes.” He told the Washington Post that while the work of the commission will have to wait until after the crisis, so as not to disrupt the work of agencies leading the response, “that should not prevent us from beginning to identify where we got it wrong and how we can be prepared for the next pandemic.
Trump blasted this lunacy in Thursday’s press briefing:
“I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations. Here we go again. [They] have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years. You see what happens. It’s witch-hunt after witch-hunt after witch-hunt. And in the end, the people doing the witch-hunt have been losing, and they’ve been losing by a lot. And it’s not any time for witch-hunts. It’s time to get this enemy defeated. Conducting these partisan investigations in the middle of a pandemic is a really a big waste of vital resources, time, attention. And we want to fight for American lives, not waste time and build up my poll numbers, because that’s all they’re doing because everyone knows it’s ridiculous.”