A House committee investigating the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has issued a subpoena to former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro after he failed to respond to document and interview requests.
However, Navarro told Politico he doesn't plan to comply with the subpoena from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which compels him to produce documents by Dec. 8 and appear for a deposition by Dec. 15.
"I will be delivering a case of my new book 'In Trump Time' to members of the committee which explains why this is indeed a witch hunt," Navarro said.
During a recent interview about his book, Navarro blamed the pandemic on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, calling him "truly evil" and suggesting he should be jailed.
"I want him gone," Navarro said of Fauci. "He killed Americans. He needs to be fired, stuck in a chair in Congress, strapped in, confess his sins, and be put in an orange jumpsuit."
Navarro played a key role in the Trump administration's response to the pandemic. He helped lead the process of acquiring medical supplies and drugs — but pushed much of the responsibility to states to secure their own products on the open market, Politico notes.
"For the purpose of building up the federal government's stockpiles, Navarro handed out contracts to companies with close ties to the administration without going through the normal open-bidding process and prioritized securing personal protective equipment that was manufactured in the U.S. despite a lack of manufacturing capacity in the country," the site reports.
Navarro also "pushed Covid-19 policies and science that were inaccurate and sparred with top health experts in the administration," according to Politico.
"In August of 2020, Navarro began pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 despite a lack of scientific evidence. In the months prior, the Food and Drug Administration had issued a warning against using it outside of clinical trials and revoked the emergency use authorization," the site reports. "But Navarro, often citing unreliable medical studies, continued to claim that the drug worked and bashed doctors and scientists for not advocating for its use."
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