For the past couple of years, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been leading the charge to investigate President Donald Trump. Apparently, that habit is hard to break, as Schiff just pulled the trigger on plans for a 9/11-style commission that will look into Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is clear that a comprehensive and authoritative review will be required, not as a political exercise to cast blame, but to learn from our mistakes to prevent history from tragically repeating itself,” Schiff said as part of a joint statement released on Friday.
“Over the last week, I’ve talked with my colleagues, former commissioners, and experts, and incorporated a number of their strong recommendations into this legislation, and will continue working with other Members interested in this critical issue to come to a consensus in the coming weeks and months,” he continued.
Sens. Feinstein, Harris join the fray
Fellow California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was included in the statement as well, and she accused the Trump administration of being “unprepared” for the outbreak.
“The coronavirus showed just how unprepared and slow we were to respond to a major outbreak. And that lack of readiness endangered lives,” Feinstein complained.
“We weren’t able to ramp up testing, we didn’t have enough safety equipment for doctors and nurses and we lacked any kind of consistent federal guidelines for states and cities,” she continued.
“We know this won’t be the last outbreak, so a 9/11 Commission-style panel is necessary to fix these mistakes going forward and apply the lessons from this pandemic to future crises.”
Failed presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) jumped on the bandwagon too. The junior senator focused on how the coronavirus has disproportionately impacted African Americans.
“The federal government was unprepared to confront the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, let alone both at the same time,” Harris said Friday.
“The commission needs to take a holistic approach to oversight, and cannot leave out an analysis of the disturbing disparity in prevention and health outcomes in the Black community.”
Pelosi thinks we need another House investigation
The proposed commission would run in tandem with a new House committee that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is advocating. The new Congressional oversight panel Pelosi launched last week will be headed by a prominent ally to former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC).
Pelosi claimed on April 2 that the new committee was needed for oversight, arguing, “With over $2 trillion in emergency relief, we need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”