“Watchdog To Investigate Allegations Of Trump Interference at CDC, FDA

“An independent government watchdog will investigate the Trump administration's alleged political interference with public health agencies, Democratic senators announced Monday.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it had accepted a request from Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) to review whether the scientific integrity and communications policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been violated, and “whether those policies are being implemented as intended to assure scientific integrity throughout the agency.”

The senators requested the investigation earlier this month, following numerous reports of political meddling in the COVID-19 response at both CDC and FDA.”

Nathaniel Weixel reports for The Hill October 19, 2020.