House Democrats investigating Trump on allegations on trying to “silence” CDC

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A House committee is demanding interviews and documents from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding allegations that officials tried to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the lethality of the coronavirus.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which Democrats created earlier this year, wants to interview five officials from the CDC and two officials from HHS “to determine the scope of political interference with CDC’s scientific reports and other efforts to combat the pandemic, the impact of this interference on CDC’s mission, whether this interference is continuing, and the steps that Congress may need to take to stop it before more Americans die needlessly.”

The request comes after reports surfaced that claim CDC officials appointed by President Trump sought to alter or block the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which includes deaths and sickness caused by the coronavirus.

Democrats made the request on Monday in a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield.

The news reports claimed former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo, who is now an HHS spokesman, attempted to change the wording or block the weekly reports about the virus to dow... (Read more)