House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is now focusing his investigative efforts on probing President Donald Trump and his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a recent interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Schiff made clear that he plans to conduct “real-time oversight” on the Trump administration, including probing what “warnings” they may have missed in the lead-up to the COVID-19 outbreak in America, Breitbart reported Sunday.
“We are right now going through our intelligence holdings. What did the intelligence community make us aware of at the end of last year or earlier this year? Other committees are doing like analyses,” Schiff told Reid, according to Breitbart.
Indeed, Schiff asserted during his Sunday interview that Democrats are “diving deeply” into what U.S. intelligence agencies knew about the coronavirus — and when. Part of that effort includes proposing a 9/11-style commission that, according to Fox News, would “probe the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.”
“We are diving deeply into what does the intelligence community know? … And what do we need to do prospectively to better protect the country in the future?” Schiff told Reid, according to Breitbart. “That last piece, how do we protect the country in the future, is really the mission of that independent commission we based on, we used the model the 9/11 commission.”
The legislation was formally proposed by Schiff, along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), on Friday. According to Fox, the Democrats said the commission “will ‘examine U.S. government preparedness in advance of this pandemic, the [f]ederal government’s response to it, and provide recommendations to improve our ability to respond to and recover from future outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.'”
“The coronavirus showed just how unprepared and slow we were to respond to a major outbreak,” Feinstein added in a statement released Friday. “And that lack of readiness endangered lives.”
She went on: “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.”
“Where there’s money…”
Schiff, for his part, also pointed Sunday to “arrogance” on the part of the Trump administration for problems with coronavirus testing earlier in the year.
“It certainly looks like an excess of hubris and arrogance, [thinking] that the [World Health Organization] couldn’t possibly produce as good or as reliable a test, that we could do one ourselves. I do think it shows the lack of appreciation for just how bad this could get and how quickly,” the congressman said. “These are the kinds of issues, frankly, that we want the commission to examine.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another California Democrat, has announced the creation of a new House committee tasked with overseeing the use of coronavirus stimulus funds. “Where there’s money there’s also frequently mischief,” she said early this month, according to Politico.
Democrats just can’t let President Trump help the American people without trying to throw a wrench in his plans, it seems.