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Trump appointee ‘bragged’ about influencing CDC reports on Covid-19, House committee says


Last year, former Health and Human Services senior adviser Paul Alexander wrote an email describing two examples of the CDC adjusting its writing based on his input, including cutting out a reference to potential virus outbreaks in schools, according to new documents obtained by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

“Small victory but a victory nonetheless and yippee!!!” Alexander wrote in a September 9, 2020, email.

In a letter dated Friday to Alexander, the select committee chair Rep. James Clyburn wrote that “this investigation has also revealed that you played a role in the Trump Administration’s efforts to suppress scientific information you felt could be “use[d] against the president” and advocated for policies that would allow the virus to spread widely among many Americans, asserting “we want them infected.”

Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, also requested that Alexander conduct a transcribed interview with the subcommittee on April 30.

CNN has reached out to Alexander for comment.


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