Collins: Schiff May Not Like The Outcome Of A 9/11-Style COVID Commission
Although House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is eager to start a 9/11-style, independent commission to investigate the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the outcome may not be what Schiff wants, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins warned on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning.
“At a certain point in time, there will be a look back at this. There will be a look back at how it happened and how it came about.” Rep. Collins, R-GA, said, “But also I think there is going to be a look back here that I’m not sure Adam Schiff wants to talk about and that is China’s role in this and the fact that as Intelligence Committee Chairman, he was so wrapped up in impeachment when all this hit, that I’m not sure that their was a slow response on both sides because no one was looking at this because he was so focused on the President and what he was trying to do in an election that we were missing basically China’s role and others.”
After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes.
Once we've recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic.
I’m working on a bill to do that.https://t.co/uqO3BwVldN
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 1, 2020
On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, called for the investigation on Twitter. He wrote, “After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes. Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic. I’m working on a bill to do that.”
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US responds to Iranian drone strike that killed US contractor with “precision airstrikes”
The U.S. military launched multiple precision airstrikes in Syria, leaving at least 8 Iranians dead in response to the Iranian drone strike which left a US contractor dead and five service members injured, according to numerous reports.
The DOD said that a UAV belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps crashed into a building in northeast Syria at 1:38 p.m. According to a Fox News report, the “U.S. airstrike at an arms depot in Harabesh, in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour left six Iranian-backed fighters dead. A second U.S. bombing at a post near the town of Mayadeen killed another two fighters, according to the Observatory, whose reporting relies on local Syrian contacts.”
U.S. intelligence officials stated that they were able to trace the UAV back to Iran. After President Biden received the details of the strike he gave the authorization to conduct a counter attack.
Moreover, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said, “at the direction of the President, I authorized U.S. Central Command forces to conduct precision airstrikes tonight in eastern Syria against facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC),” he said.
“The airstrikes were conducted in response to today’s attack as well as a series of recent attacks against Coalition forces in Syria by groups affiliated with the IRGC,” he added.
General Michael Kurilla, Commander of CENTCOM (United States Central Command), also stated that the airstrikes were in response to the attack on an American contractor and wounded troops.
“This evening, we responded to an attack on our forces that killed an American contractor and wounded our troops and another American contractor by striking facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” Krill said. “This was another in a series of attacks on our troops and partner forces.”
He shared his condolences with the families by stating that “thoughts and prayers of US Central Command are with the Family of our contractor killed and with our wounded service members and contractor.”
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