Trump Says Coronavirus Oversight Would Be A ‘Witch Hunt,’ Much Like All Of His Other Problems Were

It’s a frequent theme that President Donald Trump has utilized since becoming chief executive: every criticism he faces, and every attempt to inquire about it from Congress, seems to be a witch hunt, at least in his mind.

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As Democratic leaders from Congress announced this week their intention to create a commission on coronavirus and the federal government’s response, Trump once again returned to the phrase.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, writing in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Thursday, explained that the commission was necessary to “ensure that the over $2 trillion that Congress has dedicated to this battle…are spent wisely and effectively.”

“The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy,” Pelosi wrote.

Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, also expressed a desire earlier this week to produce a commission that would look into the response to the pandemic’s spread. “Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic,” Schiff explained.

Trump stated later on Thursday that he was not happy with the idea of oversight, returning to his favorite term to express his outrage, The Guardian reported.

“This is not the time for politics. Endless partisan investigations – here we go again – have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years,” he said. “It’s witch hunt after witch hunt after witch hunt and, in the end, the people doing the witch hunt have been losing, and they’ve been losing by a lot. It’s not any time for witch hunts.”

Trump has expressed a strong desire to have absolutely no oversight whatsoever when it comes to dispersing funds related to the coronavirus relief bill he signed into law late last month. In a signing statement on the bill, for example, Trump wrote he did not believe he had to consult Congress about loans handed out to businesses — even though the bill explicitly states that he must do so.

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