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Democratic lawmakers to investigate Trump officials' meddling with CDC reports [View all]




https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/14/democrats-investigate-trump-cdc-414272

House Democrats are launching an investigation into how Trump appointees have pressured officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change or delay scientific reports on coronavirus, citing POLITICO reporting that found political interference in the publishing process.

"During the pandemic, experts have relied on these reports to determine how the virus spreads and who is at greatest risk," Rep. Jim Clyburn, chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and his Democratic colleagues write in a letter shared first with POLITICO. "Yet HHS officials apparently viewed these scientific reports as opportunities for political manipulation."

The Democrats' investigation focuses on the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, the agency's long-running series of scientific articles that researchers have looked to for the most current and reliable information on the coronavirus. POLITICO reported on Friday that Health and Human Services public affairs chief Michael Caputo and his scientific adviser Paul Alexander have pressured CDC officials to change the reports, in some cases retroactively, to align with President Donald Trump's more optimistic message about the outbreak.

"The reports must be read by someone outside of CDC like myself, and we cannot allow the reporting to go on as it has been, for it is outrageous. Its lunacy," Alexander wrote to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other officials in an Aug. 8 email obtained by POLITICO.

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