Rep. Clyburn Claims House COVID-19 Investigations 'Will Be Forward Looking' and Won't Focus on Trump's Early Response

In this photo taken Dec. 9, 2015, Assistant House Minority Leader Jim Clyburn of S.C., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Americans have questioned the state of race relations after gun violence directed at police officers as well as shootings by police. Last week, a black Army veteran killed five police officers in Dallas in revenge for police shooting black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Minneapolis suburbs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is claiming that the new House investigations into the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak will not focus on the President’s initial response to the pandemic. In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he indicated that the probe, “will be forward-looking,” when it comes to overseeing the distribution of coronavirus relief funds.

“We’re not going to be looking back on what the President may or may not have done back before this crisis hit. The crisis is with us,” Clyburn said. “The American people are now out of work, millions of them out of work. The question is whether or not the money that’s appropriated will go to support them and their families, or whether or not this money will end up in the pockets of a few profiteers.”

He also may or may not have mentioned that he has some prime beachfront property in Kansas to sell you on the cheap. You better act fast, dear reader.

The lawmaker’s appearance came only days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the creation of a select bipartisan committee designated for providing oversight of the Trump administration as it distributes the funds allocated in the stimulus package that Congress recently passed.

Clyburn, who is tasked with leading the panel, was echoing Pelosi’s remarks when she announced the committee. She stated that the committee “is about the here and now,” and would not extend as far as reviewing the origin of the outbreak. She may have given her Democratic colleagues a quick wink and a nod after she made those statements, and it is not clear whether or not she had her fingers crossed behind her back at the time.

Nevertheless, it seems evident that the Democrats want us to believe that this whole thing is not motivated by politics or by people infected with the TDS-20 virus. But it appears that some Democrats have other plans.

Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and John Katko (D-NY) introduced a bill last Thursday, calling for an investigation into the government’s handling of the coronavirus from the beginning. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, made a proposal that would form a 25-member bipartisan group that would conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter as well.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with some oversight to keep our government honest – yes, I had trouble keeping a straight face when I typed that – but pushing for investigations for the sole purpose of harming the President politically is not the way to go in this instance. The Democrats would love for the American public to believe their protestations regarding the political nature of these investigations. Still, even if they were telling the truth, nobody would believe the Democrats except those who want to believe them.

From the moment Trump first sat down in front of the resolute desk in the Oval Office, the Democrats have been fantasizing about his removal like an adolescent boy dreaming about Scarlett Johansson. From Russiagate to Ukrainegate, the left has overplayed their hand so often that it has become nearly impossible to take any of their moves seriously.

Despite what Pelosi and Clyburn tell you, we already know this is going to be yet another partisan political power play that will serve as the Democrats’ last-ditch effort to oust Trump. And it will fail as miserably as the previous attempts.

 

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