Former Trump advisor: Dem-led House panel acting like ‘political vigilantes’

Since its creation in April of 2020, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has been charged with probing a range of matters related to the pandemic, but in the eyes of former COVID-19 task force official Dr. Brett Giroir, the panel is akin to “political vigilantes” determined to attack the administration of former President Donald Trump, rather than get to the truth.

During an appearance on Fox News’ The Story on Friday,Giroir responded to a letter he recently received from the committee chairman, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) requesting him to sit for a transcribed interview and leveling a host of allegations of supposed failures during the first year of the coronavirus crisis, particularly regarding the availability of COVID-19 testing.

Asked by host Trace Gallagher to weigh in on the incendiary contents of Clyburn’s letter, Giroir began by declaring, “With 1 million Americans dead because of COVID-19, I’m the first person who advocates for an objective review of what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we can do to improve.”

However, according to Giroir, that is not at all what this particular group of lawmakers is doing. “[T]his subcommittee under Chairman Clyburn and the House Democrats are really acting like nothing more than political vigilantes. They’re not looking for the truth. They are trying to blame the Trump administration, and I think they’re trying to blame the Trump administration for their abject failures.”

Pointing out the absence of significant progress against COVID-19 since Trump left office, Giroir said, “Remember, President Biden promised – he swore – that he would wipe out the virus, shut down the virus. Yet 560,000 Americans have died under his watch. This is just a charade.”

Giroir went on to slam the utter lack of transparency he believes hampers the subcommittee’s credibility, adding of its processes, “It’s political theater, and it’s done in secret. I think Americans would be shocked to know that this is not publicly available. The media are not invited.”

“This allows Chairman Clyburn and the Democrats to cherry-pick little phrases and use them against other people. This is more like a military tribunal in secret. It’s not what we should have in America,” Giroir opined.

Answering the specific claims in Clyburn’s letter, Giroir was adamant that “they’re completely false, and…they evidence a complete lack of knowledge – maybe an intentional lack of knowledge – about the situation that was there.” He added that with regard to the viral testing advice referenced in Clyburn’s communication, “that guidance was fully signed off by people like Tony Fauci. It was a consensus document that was ultimately independently issued by the CDC.”

Clyburn’s subcommittee has shown a perplexing lack of interest in soliciting testimony from Fauci, as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) recently pointed out, but the doctor’s ability to avoid hard questions on the federal pandemic response as well as the origins of the virus will quickly disappear, should the GOP reclaim control of the lower chamber come November.