Oh yeah, we definitely need this.
Courtesy of WaPo:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new select committee Thursday with subpoena powers to scrutinize the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and its management of the new $2 trillion economic rescue law.
“Where there’s money, there’s also frequently mischief,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said as she announced the creation of the special bipartisan panel she said would be focused on rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.
Pelosi’s announcement comes amid growing clashes between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration about oversight of the new rescue legislation and a $500 billion fund controlled by the Treasury Department. President Trump has to appoint a new inspector general to oversee that fund but has already signaled opposition to the scope of that person’s mandate.
Pelosi told reporters on a conference call that her new committee would be modeled after the World War II-era committee run by then-Sen. Harry Truman (D-Mo.), whose role in investigating the implementation of billions of dollars in defense contracts eventually led to his elevation to vice president.
She said that this new committee needed to serve as an everyday watchdog of the more than $2 trillion already allocated to fight the novel coronavirus and the virtual lockdown it has placed on the economy.
Without specifically mentioning Pelosi or her new committee, President Trump bristled Thursday at the prospect of additional congressional investigations. “This is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations. Here we go again. … It’s a witch hunt after a witch hunt,” Trump said at the daily briefing of his coronavirus task force.
Speaking at the same briefing, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he viewed the new committee as unnecessary, given layers of oversight already built into the rescue legislation.
Calling this a “witch hunt” is pretty rich for a guy who was only recently demanding that the Senate investigate Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
I actually think that anybody who watched his stumbling bumbling response to the pandemic realizes that there needs to be a thorough investigation.
I mean Trump put his idiot son-in-law in charge of part of the response team for fuck’s sake, that alone demands at least a few hearings.