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April 2, 2020

The Next Pelosi/Schiff Charade: Investigate Trump’s CV19 Failures

They have the unmitigated audacity to call for an investigation into what Trump knew?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who distracted the nation with their impeachment charade while the CV19 while the pandemic was ramping up, now want to distract the nation with another investigation of President Donald Trump while we are idled and the body count surges.

According to Pelosi, “I don’t know what the scientists said to him. When did this president know about this, and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? … But as the president fiddles, people are dying.”

Regarding Pelosi’s knockoff Nixonian question, “What did he know and when did he know it?” that should be the focus of congressional inquiries into China’s communist dictator Xi Jinping, who, as I have detailed, directed his government to cover up the CV19 outbreak for two months. How many lives, both here and worldwide, could’ve been spared if Xi had been forthcoming instead of deceiving the world? Pandemic researchers estimate that had Xi informed the world three weeks earlier than he did, that would have reduced the spread by 95%.

Pelosi declared a “bipartisan commission” (seriously, she called it that) was necessary because, “We want to make sure there are not exploiters out there.”

In other words, it’s another political charade, but this one shamelessly designed to exploit the misery of America by blaming Trump, in order to take him down in the November election.

Moreover, Pelosi said she would appoint House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) to head her inquisition. That would be the same Clyburn who declared two weeks ago that the $2 trillion pandemic funding package was a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

I can assure you Clyburn will be using Pelosi’s committee to restructure things to fit their political agenda.

For his part, Schiff echoed Pelosi’s call for a congressional commission to investigate Trump. According to Schiff, “We will need to delay the work of the commission until the crisis has abated to ensure that it does not interfere with the agencies that are leading the response. But that should not prevent us from beginning to identify where we got it wrong and how we can be prepared for the next pandemic.”

Let’s be clear: While Pelosi and Schiff were busy fiddling their impeachment tune in January, they had access to all the CDC information the president relied on that month and every day since.

For context, consider this response timeline:

On 29 January, Donald Trump impaneled and empowered the White House Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, to “coordinate and oversee the administration’s efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread” of COVID-19 disease. He appointed Dr. Deborah Birx as the response coordinator, and the working group includes Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Stephen Hahn, and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell, among others.

On that same day, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were haggling about what the Senate was doing with their impeachment distraction, sucking up all the Beltway political and media airtime, spending every waking moment directing all attention to their political agenda to take Trump down.

On 31 January, President Trump announced travel restrictions on U.S. entry from China and suspended entry by other foreign nationals who posed a risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2. An average of 8,200 Chinese were flying to the United States each day.

On that same day, condemning the administration’s travel restrictions, Pelosi re-issued a call for passage of the Demos’ No Ban Act to prevent Trump from imposing what she said was “such biased and bigoted restrictions.” Pelosi declared, “The Trump administration’s expansion of its un-American travel ban is a threat to our security, our values and the rule of law.” There were 219 House Democrat cosponsors. On 13 March, Pelosi quietly withdrew her legislation to prevent travel bans.

On 4 February, in his State of the Union Address, President Trump noted: “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.” That was before the administration confirmed that Xi Jinping had ordered his government to cover up the CV19 outbreak in China for two months before reporting it to the WHO at the end of December.

During that speech, Pelosi was busy preparing the official transcript of Trump’s SOTU so she could ceremonially tear it up after he concluded his remarks.

The next day, as anticipated, the Senate acquitted President Trump of the Pelosi/Schiff articles of impeachment — ending the saga that had consumed the attention of the administration and Congress for the previous four months.

Now Pelosi and Schiff have the unmitigated audacity to call for an investigation into what Trump knew and when he knew it?

Last September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), who described the House inquisition as a “governmental shutdown,” declared: “It’s a long and unproductive road. Where does it go ultimately? Nowhere… The problem with that is it means nothing else is really going to get done of substance between now and then, and we have so many real issues to deal with.” How prophetic given that New York is now the epicenter of the CV19 epidemic.

(Visit our comprehensive China Virus Pandemic response and recovery page, and see our related pages.

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