A controversial Democrat plans to use an upcoming Senate hearing to grill a respected clinician over the nation’s response to the deadly Asian virus.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is looking forward to hearing a former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director testify at an oversight committee hearing about the administration’s response to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
The senator claims the committee, which is led by several anti-Trump Democrats, will cross-examine Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Deborah Birx, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell without interruption.
“When a reporter asks them questions, asks the president, or one of his people at the White House the president cuts them off,” Schumer told MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.” “In a hearing like this, a real focused hearing, you can ask question after question, and we ask that Fauci, Birx, Mnuchin, Powell, and others all come forward.”
Schumer plans to ask witnesses why some job seekers, who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, have not received their unemployment insurance checks. He will also investigate why small businesses experienced challenges in accessing forgivable loans through the federally funded Paycheck Protection Program.
“We need to know why so many small businesses have had trouble getting loans,” he said on Twitter. “We need to know why unemployment insurance checks are failing to get to workers [and] we need to know why we still do not have enough [CCP Virus] tests.”
He accused the Trump administration of delaying Fauci from testifying and the national economy from recovering by “not telling the truth” about the CCP Virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci
“Now they say they can have Fauci next week but who can believe that given what [White House Chief of Staff] Mark Meadows said and, given that they pulled him away from the House?” he said. “By not telling the truth, by not hearing the truth, by not listening to the scientists, they are prolonging this crisis, they are prolonging how bad the economy will be, they are prolonging the agony of this country.”
Schumer does not believe the delay will have a significant impact on the proceedings and expressed frustration with the White House initially preventing Fauci from testifying because it would be “counterproductive” to pursue another lengthy and costly inquiry.
“We do not have to have those hearings this week,” he said. “It is appalling, so does it surprise me? No. Does it upset me? A lot,” he said.
President Donald Trump supported the White House’s position that there was no need for further investigations, given the nation has performed the world’s highest number of CCP Virus tests totaling more than 7 million.
“For the constant criticism from the ‘do-nothing’ Democrats and their fake news partners, here is the newest chart on our great testing ‘miracle’ compared to other countries,” he said on Twitter. “Dems and lame stream media should be proud of the U.S.A. instead of always ripping us down.”