Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff wants the federal government, including President Trump, investigated for its handling of the coronavirus.
“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,” Schiff said as the Washington Examiner reports. “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.”
Schiff framed the investigation as a means to learn from the Coronavirus outbreak and how to better respond should another global pandemic arise.
From the Washington Examiner:
The California congressman said the commission would draw members from both parties to get a solid sense of how the virus arrived in the United States and what measures the federal government can take to prepare itself if such a health crisis should happen again.
“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes,” Schiff said. “Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic.”
After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes.
Once we've recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic.
I’m working on a bill to do that.https://t.co/uqO3BwVldN
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 1, 2020
The call for an investigation comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation specifically into Trump and into “what he knew and when” regarding the coronavirus.
Republican Congressman Doug Collins criticized Schiff’s desire to investigate the Trump administration at this time.
“You know, for him to come back at this point and try to regain the spotlight from his failed attempts at impeachment is just sad for the American people,” Collins said during an interview with Fox News.
“At a certain point in time there will be a look back at this, there will be a look back at what happened and how it came about,” Collins also said, before claiming that Schiff owns some responsibility for claims that the federal government was sluggish responding to the pandemic.
“As Intelligence Committee chairman, he was so wrapped up in impeachment when all this hit that I’m sure there was a slow response on both sides because no one was looking at this. Because he was so focused on the president and what he was trying to do on an election that he was missing basically China’s role and others. We have seen this before and I’m not sure he’d like the outcome of this reporting any more than he’d like any of the other reports he had in this past year,” the House Intelligence Committee ranking member concluded.
Rep. @AdamSchiff wants a congressional committee to investigate federal response to coronavirus. @RepDougCollins: "You know, for him to come back at this point and try to regain the spotlight from his failed attempts at impeachment is just sad for the American people." pic.twitter.com/zt6S4ntk1u
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 2, 2020