Scientist Complained Trump ‘Election Stuff’ Outweighed COVID Concerns In His White House
A scientist working for the Trump administration has repeatedly complained in emails that the “electoral stuff” took a dangerous precedence on developing an effective response to the deadly COVID-19 crisis, The Washington Post reported.
Donald trumpThe election’s focus on elections persisted, according to the emails, even as COVID-19 cases in the United States climbed to some 250,000 a day in January, the Post noted.
The emails from Steven Hatfill, a virologist who advised White House commercial director Peter Navarro, were obtained by the House select committee investigating the White House’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“Now with elections so close, COVID takes a back seat, but disease is raising it up[s] ugly head again, ”Hatfill wrote to a colleague outside the White House in October 2020 in an email seen by the Post.
After the election, which was contested by Trump, Hatfill revealed in another email that he personally “moved on to the election fraud investigation in November.”
Instead of focusing on the pandemic, Hatfill traveled to Arizona after the tight presidential vote there. He also reportedly emailed White House officials regarding a conspiracy theory of Dominion voting systems, and forwarded an email to Navarro regarding a “Plan B for Trump Legal Fight” intended “For Rudy”, possibly referring to former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
“The electoral thing has gotten out of hand. I’m going where my team is going, ”Hatfill told another colleague in an email, referring to more work challenging the presidential election result in Nevada, the Post reported.
James Clyburn, chairman of the COVID-19 house selection subcommittee, wrote in a September 23 post memorandum that “throughout November and December 2020, the pandemic continued to worsen in the United States – with over 11 million new cases and 132,770 deaths in those two months alone.” Nearly 200,000 Americans lost their lives to COVID between election day and nomination day, Clyburn added.
Hatfill defended his campaign work with the Post. He said in response to questions from the newspaper: “I was and continue to be frustrated that public health is being treated like political football. Moreover, I was disgusted by the destruction of the national pandemic plan at the hands of small, conflicting bureaucrats. “
Hatfill accurately predicted in February 2020 that problems with the tests provided by the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention would seriously hamper early efforts to bring COVID under control, according to the Post.
The former Army biodefense researcher was named a Person of Interest by then Attorney General John Ashcroft in the 2001 anthrax attacks when the poison was mailed. He was cleared of any wrongdoing and won a $ 5.85 million settlement of the Ministry of Justice in 2008.
“‘Person of interest to advise WH in 20 years“Hatfill wrote in an email exchange in February 2020, the Post reported, adding that he” helped write a memo for the big D last night. “
“Only in America LOL,” he added.
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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.