If Democrats were as passionate about our national deficit as they are about impeaching President Trump, the United States would be 100 percent debt free.
Adam Schiff is calling for a "nonpartisan" investigation into the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, he wants the probe modeled after the 9/11 commission investigation.
Schiff has predictably been a vocal critic of President Trump during the pandemic, so many believe that this is a "stunt," as Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said.
However, there are others who fear that Schiff is attempting to lay the groundwork for yet another impeachment attempt.
More details below:
Trump took decisive action early during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some democrats even claimed that his decisions were overly dramatic or political (i.e. Trump's decision to limit travel to and from China).
There have also been reports that the national stockpile of ventilators and face masks were depleted during the Obama adminsitration, but never replenished.
This happened during the swine flu crisis.
It is unclear how far back the inquiry would go into examining the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus.
Would Schiff simply focus on the Trump administration's response?
Or would he take a holistic view at the history leading up to current events, including China's decision to hide initial infections from the World Health Organization?
Fox News has more on Schiff's plans:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who a little over two months ago led Democrats’ prosecution in President Trump’s impeachment trial following an extensive investigation, is working to launch a new review concerning the administration’s actions -- this time calling for a nonpartisan commission on the government's coronavirus response.
Schiff, D-Calif., after repeatedly criticizing the president’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Wednesday he would work to create a panel to review the government's actions and readiness.
“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes,” Schiff tweeted.
“Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic,” he continued. “I’m working on a bill to do that.”
Schiff swiftly faced criticism for the move, with Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes accusing him of a "dumb stunt."
"His Russia collusion hoax failed, his Ukraine scam failed, and his efforts to cover up FISA abuse failed," Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News on Wednesday. "So, Schiff is launching yet another dumb stunt to justify his never-ending media relations operation."
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also said in a statement: “The same people who delayed the Coronavirus relief bill because they demanded giveaways for special interests and millions for the Kennedy Center now want to create a commission to attack the Trump Administration’s response? Give me a break. And the person who is leading this effort is Adam Schiff -- the same Adam Schiff who released the phone records of the President’s personal attorney, a journalist, and a sitting Member of Congress. We should focus on stopping the virus, not politicizing the crisis.”
The intelligence committee chairman has led multiple Trump-focused probes, including the House impeachment inquiry and investigations into whether members of the president's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, the president's financial transactions, and more.
Schiff also shared an opinion column written by The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, titled “The U.S. needs to know what went wrong.”
According to the column, Schiff and his staff have “already started” working on a commission modeled on the one created after 9/11 and will be “talking about the possibility with others in Congress.”
The column also said that Schiff “has begun reviewing the committee’s intelligence materials on the pandemic.”
“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 reportedly told Ignatius. “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.”
The timing seems odd, especially coming after Schiff's failed impeachment effort, which received no Republican support... but Mitt Romney.
Furthermore, if an investigation is launched later in the spring or early in the summer, it may potentially climax close to the November elections.
While it may be simple coincidence, many are wondering if the timing is intentional.
President Trump has enjoyed steady approval ratings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, an ABC poll found that up to 60 Americans approve of his handling of the novel coronavirus.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, has appeared to completely disappear.
His so called "shadow briefings" hardly get any online viewership... and he can't seem to find oxygen in the breathless news cycles.
A 9/11 commission-style investigation into the Trump administration's handling of COVID-19 would appear extremely political.
While Democrats accused the president of missteps during the beginning, polls indicate that most Americans are confident in Trump's actions.
CBS News has more details on how the investigation would unfold, should it happen:
The commission would be independent, bipartisan and chartered by Congress. It would have 25 members selected by 12 relevant congressional committees in both the House and Senate. Each chairman and ranking member would appoint someone, and one position would be filled by the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.
The commission would publish a public report no later than 18 months after it first convened, and include recommendations for the development of a national plan to minimize fallout from future health emergencies.
Separately, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and his staff are also working on legislation modeled on the 9/11 Commission. Schiff and his team are likely to work with Thompson and any other member interested in the issue. Schiff said in an interview with The Washington Post published Tuesday that the work of the commission would be delayed until the crisis abated.
"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," Schiff told the Post.
The House is currently in recess and not set to reconvene until April 20.
While President Trump is fighting to keep Americans safe... while Republicans in the House and Senate voted to pass the CARES act to help American workers and businesses...
Schiff appears to be involved in yet another scheme to take down the president.
Trump's actions speak much louder than Schiff's political maneuverings.
Some people never learn...