An elected official, who is responsible for leading a group that oversees the nation’s intelligence activities, wants to start a new probe into the president’s response to the deadly Asian disease.
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) plans to launch a new investigation into the Trump administration’s handling of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic.
“Once we have recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic,” Schiff said on Twitter. “I am working on a bill to do that.”
The remarks came just two months after Schiff acted as a manager in a lengthy House impeachment inquiry and subsequent Senate trial about whether to impeach President Donald Trump for alleged “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”
The Senate eventually cleared the president of both charges and, as The BL reported, Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz found they were not even close to impeachable offenses.
Schiff defended his decision to start another investigation into the president because similar reviews took place in the aftermath of Japan’s 1941 bombing of a U.S. naval base in Honolulu and al-Qaeda’s 2001 attack against New York City’s World Trade Center.
“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes,” he said.
The Democrat has repeatedly blamed the president for the rapidly spreading CCP Virus. At the time of publication the disease had infected more than 245,000 people and killed over 6,000 Americans across the United States, according to the Worldometer website.
“Whether it is military aid or ventilators, a foreign ally or an American governor, I have said it before and I’ll say it again: you cannot count on Donald Trump to do what is right for this country,” Schiff said on Twitter. “You can count on him to do what is right for Donald Trump.”
The president fired back on social media, pointing to the 60 tons of ventilators, masks, respirators, and other lifesaving medical supplies he secured from a Russia that recently arrived at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“Massive amounts of medical supplies, even hospitals and medical centers, are being delivered directly to states and hospitals by the federal government,” he said on Twitter. “[We are] sending many ventilators today, with thousands being built [and] 51 large cargo planes coming in with medical supplies. [I] prefer sending directly to hospitals.”
He dismissed Schiff’s criticism as party politics.
“Some have insatiable appetites and are never satisfied (politics?)” he said. “Remember, we are a backup for them. The complainers should have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit.”