Democrats form committee to investigate Trump's handling of coronavirus pandemic

by Daniel Payne · Apr 2nd, 2020 1:50 pm

Congressional Democrats have formed a committee to investigate President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, promising to "examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus," including how relief money is spent and whether the president has engaged in "political favoritism."

The panel will also "root out waste, fraud, and abuse" and "protect against price-gauging [and] profiteering." The committee will possess subpoena power to compel both witnesses and information in the course of the investigation. It will be chaired by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has also announced that he will sponsor the creation of a "nonpartisan" commission to study the government's response to the outbreak. It is unclear how Schiff's commission would be materially different from the newly-formed committee.


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