House To Investigate Alleged Interference By Trump Aides On COVID Reports
Democratic House lawmakers informed HHS Secretary Alex Azar of the probe into charges, reported by Politico, that agency political appointees tried to influence CDC scientific reports on COVID-19. Meanwhile, the White House refuses to allow trade adviser Peter Navarro to testify to a House panel about a canceled ventilator manufacturing contract.
Democrats Launch Probe Into Trump Officials' Covid-Report Tampering
House Democrats are launching an investigation into how Trump appointees have pressured officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change or delay scientific reports on coronavirus, citing POLITICO reporting that found political interference in the publishing process. "During the pandemic, experts have relied on these reports to determine how the virus spreads and who is at greatest risk," Rep. Jim Clyburn, chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and his Democratic colleagues write in a letter shared first with POLITICO. "Yet HHS officials apparently viewed these scientific reports as opportunities for political manipulation." (Diamond, 9/14)
House Democrats Launch Investigation Of Political Interference In CDC Science Publications
The lawmakers said they are investigating the scope of political interference with the CDC’s scientific reports and other efforts to combat the pandemic, the impact of the interference on the CDC’s mission, whether the interference is continuing and any "steps that Congress may need to take to stop it before more Americans die needlessly." "Political appointees’ attempts to interfere with CDC’s scientific reports, or MMWRs, risk undermining the scientific integrity of these reports and of the CDC itself," the Democrats wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield. (Weixel, 9/14)
White House Blocks Navarro From Testifying To House Panel About Ventilator Deal
The White House has blocked trade adviser Peter Navarro from testifying at a House oversight hearing Wednesday about a partially canceled Defense Production Act contract to manufacture ventilators. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who heads the Oversight Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee, issued a staff report in late July that argued the administration vastly overpaid Philips Respironics, agreeing to a $646.7 million deal without even trying to negotiate a lower price. (Lim, 9/14)