Former President Donald Trump branded as “communist Democrats” the House representatives investigating his administration’s alleged interference with the work of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) during his administration and who recently subpoenaed one of his advisors, Mr. Peter Navarro, to testify.
“The Communist Democrats are engaging in yet another Witch Hunt, this time going after my Administration’s unprecedented and incredible coronavirus response, despite the fact that, sadly, more Americans have died this year from COVID than in all of 2020,” Trump said in a statement shared through his spokeswoman Liz Harrington according to The Hill.
In April of last year, Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a select committee to investigate the federal government’s coronavirus pandemic response—while she promised it was not about investigating the Trump administration, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said at the time that Congress already included oversight measures in the latest funding package.
McCarthy also criticized Pelosi’s decision to appoint James Clyburn, D-S.C. House Majority Whip as chairman of the committee because he claimed he would try to use the committee as an opportunity to restructure the government and the economy.
What the Trump Administration is accused of
According to a Politico report, the House committee released new evidence that the Trump administration attempted to downplay the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, blocked CDC press conferences, and barred the agency officials from granting media interviews to keep the country from panicking.
Another of the committee’s accusations, which has already taken statements from several former officials involved in the response to the pandemic during the Trump administration, is that Trump disregarded the suggestions or guidelines of the CDC and applied his criteria.
For example, the investigation assures that Trump did not want ‘asymptomatic’ people to be tested and asked that only those who had symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, and lack of smell be tested because he argued that they were more likely to be infected than others who were asymptomatic.
Peter Navarro is summoned to testify
On Nov. 18, the committee subpoenaed Peter Navarro, who served as Trump’s trade adviser, to testify, claiming he was part of a “political interference” investigation.
Subcommittee Chairman James Clyburn alleges that Navarro prioritized politics and promoted “the lie that the 2020 election was stolen” over the COVID-19 response.
Clyburn also accuses Navarro of awarding millions of dollars in pandemic supply contracts to unprepared or politically connected companies, spending more than $1 billion of federal money on non-competitive contracts with little oversight.
Navarro, however, refused to cooperate with the investigation, and Trump asked him not to share any information with House Democrats.
“I’m telling Peter Navarro to protect executive privilege and not let these unhinged Democrats discredit our great accomplishments,” Trump wrote in his statement.
After Taiwan, the United States under the Trump administration was the second country in the world to close its borders to mainland China when reports emerged of pneumonia in Wuhan in mid-January 2020.
In March 2020, Trump used the Defense Production Act to ask the private sector to mass-produce respirators, masks, and personal protective equipment, allowing him to supply the American people and donate the material to poorer countries.
Last Nov. 1, the same committee led by Clyburn announced an investigation into the non-profit organization America’s Frontline Doctors, a group of scientists who made headlines when they claimed there were alternative treatments to cure COVID-19.
Clyburn called America’s Frontline Doctors “touting misinformation and using it to market disproven and potentially hazardous coronavirus treatments,” such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.