Schiff spends Easter on MSNBC announcing deep dive into virus intelligence Trump admin ‘ignored’


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House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff announced he is “diving deeply” into intelligence information that President Trump “ignored” in dealing with the cornavirus outbreak.

The California Democrat spoke with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Easter Sunday about his plans to investigate what warnings from health and intelligence experts the president had allegedly not paid attention to as the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread.

(Source: MSNBC)

The MSNBC host introduced Schiff as someone who “predicted Trump’s recklessness would continue even after his impeachment.”

“What would be the timeline for that and what’s your assessment of what you heard so far about what clearly sounds like intelligence failures from the White House?”Reid asked Schiff, referring to legislation he introduced last week to launch a “bipartisan” commission to examine the administration’s response to the pandemic.

“The timing of the legislation, that commission wouldn’t get started until early next year. It is designed to be an apolitical process, not to be caught up in November,” Schiff claimed.

“Those commissioners would be appointed at the first of the year. But it is important to point out that is not the substitute for doing real time oversight on the intelligence issues,” he added. “We are right now going through our intelligence holdings. What did the intelligence community make us aware of at the end of last year or earlier this year? Other committees are doing like analyses.”

Schiff went on to contend that “the intelligence piece is just one piece of the warnings coming to the administration.”

“A lot of those warnings were in the public domain. They came from public health organizations, like WHO or CDC or his own National Security Council, and he ignored those warnings,” he said, not mentioning his own role as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which he was using to push the impeachment against Trump at the time the coronavirus outbreaks were growing.

“We are diving deeply into what does the intelligence community know, what resources we would bring there, and what do we need to do prospectively to better protect the country in the future,” Schiff declared.

“That last piece, how do we protect the country in the future, is really the mission of that independent commission that we based on, we used the model the 9/11 commission,” he added.

Reid brought up COVID-19 tests in the U.S., claiming that testing “is not happening in any significant respect around the country.”

“Do you have an understanding of why it is that the administration rejected the WHO certified test, the test the rest of the world is using that came out of Germany?” she asked.

Schiff chalked it up to “an excess of hubris and arrogance,” on the part of the administration for believing that the World Health Organization “couldn’t possibly produce as good or as reliable test we could do on ourselves.”

“I think it shows the lack of appreciation for just how bad this could get and how quickly that we would reject the use of those tests. And these are precisely the kind of issues frankly that we want the commission to examine,” he said, ignoring the many criticisms recently leveled at the United Nations agency for itself dismissing earlier reports about the coronavirus outbreak, delaying in declaring it a pandemic and generally holding water for the Chinese government.

“So I only have a partial picture of what went wrong in terms of the early testing problem, a lot of mismanagement within the Trump administration,” Schiff claimed. “But we do need to get those answers to be prepared for the next round when this comes back and even now, to be able to identify just how widespread it is.”

Reid, who apparently needs a civics refresher, asked why Congress can’t take over the administration’s response.

“In terms of forcing the administration to act cohesively,” Schiff replied, “to try to reconcile the these, you know, three or four or five task forces within the administration that seem to be at odds with each other and to handle this in a more rational way so you don’t have states bidding against other states and then outbid by the federal government for protective gear, it is very hard to congressionally mandate competence when the administration is incompetent.”

Schiff’s arrogance and clear hatred for the president were slammed on Twitter as his skewed priorities were exposed.


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