Trump Warns House Against Turning Probe Of Virus Response Into ‘Witch Hunt’
April 3, 2020 | by James G. Dalton
President Donald Trump on Thursday bristled at the prospect of a congressional investigation of the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it could turn into a partisan “witch hunt.”
In prepared remarks, Trump — without calling her out by name — sounded an alarm on the special House committee probe announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earlier Thursday.
“I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics,” Trump declared, The Hill reported. “Endless partisan investigations have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years.”
“It’s witch hunt, after witch hunt, after witch hunt. It’s not any time for witch hunts, it’s time to get this enemy defeated,” he said.
“Conducting these partisan investigations in the middle of a pandemic is a really big waste of vital resources, time, attention, and we want to fight for American lives, not waste time and build up my poll numbers. Because that’s all their doing because everyone knows it’s ridiculous.”
According to The Hill, after the Thursday White House briefing, Trump sent a scathing letter to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chastising him for his criticism of the federal response to the coronavirus.
“If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy,’” Trump wrote. “No wonder [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.] and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win.”