A new document released Tuesday details the pressure that career officials faced from a Trump administration political appointee to change portions of the CDC’s crucial Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which laid out Covid deaths, hospitalizations and infections during the pandemic.
Redfield said in a statement at the time that he had instructed the CDC to ignore Alexander’s comments.
Former CDC political appointees Kyle McGowan, Amanda Campbell and Nina Witkofsky, a senior adviser and former CDC acting-chief of staff, were among the recipients on the August 9 email.
The subcommittee requested interviews and documents from 11 current and former officials by late August and early September.
CNN has reached out to the individuals the panel requested interviews from, the HHS, and the CDC for comment.
An HHS spokesperson told CNN that it “will review the request and respond directly to the committee.”
The committee is also seeking more information on the Trump administration’s consideration of a herd immunity strategy, its data collection practices, and any “adverse” employment actions against federal officials.
“Our public health institutions must never be compromised again by decision makers more concerned with politics than keeping Americans safe,” the committee chair, Rep. James Clyburn, and other Democratic members of the committee said in a statement. “It is therefore imperative that the Select Subcommittee’s investigations into the prior Administration’s response to the pandemic provide full accountings of what occurred.”
The committee also updated a roundup of nearly 90 instances based on media reports and its investigation in which it claims Trump administration officials “injected politics into public health decisions” from February to December 2020.