WASHINGTON — Another ugly partisan fight may be brewing on Capitol Hill, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speculating that President Trump would block a new oversight committee into the government’s coronavirus response.
In an interview with MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ on Tuesday, the New York Democratic lawmaker accused conservatives of abandoning their principles and said he feared Trump would stop members of his coronavirus task force from testifying before Congress.
Schumer also accused several Supreme Court justices of being “so ideological” that they “don’t look at facts” and speculated they could also block witnesses from coming forward.
“So many of the conservatives have abandoned that principle and just got along with Donald Trump, which history will show was one of the worst things that they could have done, for their own movements, for their own beliefs, but also for the United States of America,” Schumer said.
“If the president resists having Fauci or Birx or the SBA Administrator come before us, I dare a court to say that we shouldn’t be allowed to do that,” he continued, referring to task force scientists Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci.
“If there’s ever a crystal-clear moment where oversight is needed, warranted, and life and death, it’s now,” Schumer said.
The House Oversight Committee voted last week to establish the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which will scrutinize the distribution of relief funds and examine the administration’s response to the pandemic.
In a campaign email on Saturday, President Trump accused Democrats of creating another “witch hunt” against him.
“This is the third WITCH HUNT in THREE YEARS,” he fumed, referring to his impeachment trial and an investigation into his ties with Russia during the 2016 election.
Schumer’s remarks came after host Joe Scarborough said the court needed to do “the right thing” by curbing the power of “the imperial presidency” so future presidents couldn’t ignore congressional oversight requests.
“Some of these judges are so ideological that they don’t look at the history, they don’t look at the Constitution, they don’t look at the facts,” Schumer said.