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Author: Raine    Date: 04/02/2020 12:55:45

From WaPo:
Schiff, a California Democrat, told me in an interview Monday that his staff has already started working on a discussion draft modeled after the 9/11 Commission, and that he would be talking about the possibility with others in Congress. And he said the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs, has begun reviewing the committee’s intelligence materials on the pandemic.

“We will need to delay the work of the commission until the crisis has abated to ensure that it does not interfere with the agencies that are leading the response,” Schiff explained in an email. “But that should not prevent us from beginning to identify where we got it wrong and how we can be prepared for the next pandemic.”

A review of the Trump administration’s performance would find many negatives but also some pluses. President Trump’s public statements appeared to minimize the virus and its impact until recently. But the National Security Council staff, led by deputy Matthew Pottinger, a Chinese-speaking former Wall Street Journal correspondent in Beijing, was aggressive. The first interagency meeting on the Wuhan outbreak took place Jan. 14, and the first NSC deputies committee meeting on Jan. 27, according to a senior administration official.

What accounts for the failure to translate this concern into action? One explosive issue in any inquiry would be whether Trump discounted intelligence warnings because of concerns about the impact of the virus on his reelection campaign. Indeed, the question implicates a broader set of concerns among Schiff and other critics about what they see as the politicization of intelligence, in particular Trump’s firing in February of Joseph Maguire and Andrew P. Hallman, the acting director of national intelligence and his deputy, respectively, and then the replacement of the top two officials at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Wait, there is more.

Two words.

negligent adjective neg·​li·​gent | \ ˈne-gli-jənt \
Definition of negligent

1 a: marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably
//was a careless workman, negligent of details
— Edith Hamilton

b: failing to exercise the care expected of a reasonably prudent person in like circumstances
//negligent about traffic regulations

2: marked by a carelessly easy manner

homicide noun ho·​mi·​cide | \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd , ˈhō- \
Definition of homicide

1: person who kills another

2: killing of one human being by another
//detectives investigating a homicide

Glad to help our good members of congress.

and stay safe.


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