U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has formed a new congressional committee with the ostensible mission of providing oversight of the federal coronavirus response, the Washington Examiner reports — and in an announcement on Wednesday, she revealed who some of its members will be.
But while Pelosi claims the panel will be looking out for taxpayers, some Republican critics allege that its real goal will be partisan chicanery, the Examiner reported Wednesday.
As Pelosi’s statement revealed, the committee will consist of several high-profile Democrats, many of whom played a pivotal role in last year’s effort to impeach President Donald Trump.
PELOSI has named the seven Democraitc members of a new House select committee on coronavirus response oversight:
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Among those names is Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who has harshly criticized Trump’s coronavirus response, though he maintains that the new committee will not be pursuing a political agenda.
“I cannot accept the counterfeit outrage of people upset about the fact that we’re creating a committee to conduct oversight over the trillions of dollars of taxpayer’s money that is going out the door to try to clean up after the mess created by the government,” he said this week, according to the Examiner.
“Partisan and unnecessary”
On the other side of the aisle, however, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dismissed Raskin’s rationale.
“Instead of looking for innovative ways to help the American people, Speaker Pelosi has chosen to pursue ‘impeachment 2.0’ with a partisan and unnecessary oversight committee,” the staffer said, according to the Examiner.
The source went on to allege that Pelosi’s selections for the committee make it “clear that this is not an honest effort at transparency and accountability but rather another attempt to politically damage the Trump administration,” the Examiner reported.
Though the staffer described Pelosi’s pursuit as “simply another partisan pursuit,” the House speaker defended creating the committee in remarks earlier this month.
“The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus and to assure that the taxpayers’ dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief, and benefit our economy,” Pelosi said, according to Fox News.
Based on the political games Democrats have been engaging in since Trump took office, however, it is hardly surprising that more than a few Republicans would take her explanation with a grain of salt.