House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced a ‘bipartisan’ select committee to investigate the federal response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi, who handed out millions of dollars to Democrat lobbyists and special interest groups, said she wants to ensure that the $2 trillion is spent ‘wisely and efficiently.’
It is unclear how many Democrat and Republican lawmakers would serve on the committee but Pelosi said Dem Whip James Clyburn (SC) will be the chairman.
“The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus, and to assure that the taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy,” Pelosi said during a conference call with reporters according to NBC News.
“The importance of this committee’s work cannot be overstated,” Clyburn said in a statement about his appointment. “Just as the Truman Commission in the 1940s investigated waste, corruption, and fraud during World War II at the Defense Department, this select committee is tasked with oversight of how the federal government spends the taxpayer-funded $2 trillion allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 crisis.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hit back at Pelosi’s decision to form a select committee because he said Congress already wrote oversight provisions into the mammoth stimulus package.
So why would Pelosi create this committee?
Because it will have subpoena power.
Separately, House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff proposed a 9-11-style commission to investigate the Coronavirus pandemic response….and President Trump.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Pelosi and Schiff are preparing to investigate Trump for “mishandling” the Coronavirus outbreak.
“They plan to focus on “disproportionate” infection rate among blacks to suggest some kind of racial negligence. They’ll also call for “rolling lockdowns” thru next fall,” Sperry said.
DEVELOPING: Pelosi & Schiff are preparing to investigate Trump for allegedly “mishandling” COVID-19 outbreak & they plan to focus on “disproportionate” infection rate among blacks to suggest some kind of racial negligence. They’ll also call for “rolling lockdowns” thru next fall
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) April 2, 2020
Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff both tied up Congress for months while the Coronavirus began to spread from China’s Hubei province across the world.
In fact, Pelosi walked around Chinatown in San Francisco on February 24th, downplayed the Coronavirus and attacked Trump for restricting incoming flights from China.