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Virus Whistle-Blower Says Trump Administration Steered Contracts to Cronies

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Questionable contracts have gone to “companies with political connections to the administration,” the complaint said, including a drug company tied to a friend of Jared Kushner’s, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. It said Dr. Bright was retaliated against by his superiors.

The 89-page complaint, filed with the Office of Special Counsel, which protects federal whistle-blowers, also said Dr. Bright “encountered opposition” from department superiors — including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II — when he pushed as early as January for the necessary resources to develop drugs and vaccines to counter the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

The complaint says top Department of Health and Human Services officials, including Dr. Kadlec, who oversees the strategic national stockpile, overruled scientific experts while awarding contracts to firms represented by the consultant, John Clerici. Mr. Clerici, a founder of a Washington-based firm, Tiber Creek Partners, was instrumental, along with Dr. Kadlec, in writing the legislation that created BARDA.

The complaint identifies four specific instances in which Dr. Bright felt Mr. Clerici exerted undue influence. At one point, it said, Dr. Bright called for an investigation by the inspector general “to help break up the ‘cottage industry’ of marketing consultants and political influence into these contracts.”

Dr. Bright also said Mr. Clerici pushed, albeit unsuccessfully, for an extension of a contract awarded to a company run by someone who was “friends with Jared” and “has Hollywood connections.” In a brief interview, Mr. Clerici said the “conversation never happened.”

Dr. Bright is asking the Office of Special Counsel to take steps to force the department to reinstate him as head of BARDA. In a brief statement during a conference call convened by his lawyers, he said the past few years “have been beyond challenging.” [op’s bold]

“Time after time, I was pressured to ignore or dismiss expert scientific recommendations and instead to award lucrative contracts based on political connections,” Dr. Bright said.

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Trump and aides fail to wear face masks on visit to facility that makes them

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Removed US coronavirus vaccine director files stunning whistleblower complaint claiming warnings were ignored

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He argued to White House officials that the use of the drugs, which the federal Food and Drug Administration later warned against using, lacked “scientific merit” while the administration pushed to “flood” parts of the US with drugs “imported from factories in Pakistan and India that had not been inspected by the FDA”, the complaint says. …

He “repeatedly clashed” with his boss, Dr Robert Kadlec, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, over the “outsized role” of pharmaceutical consultant of John Clerici within the agency, the complaint says. To justify extending funding to a pharmaceutical company, Mr Clerici said the CEO was “a friend of Jared Kushner,” the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law, according to the complaint. …

The complaint also details attempts by Dr Kadlec, the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, to bypass Dr Bright for funding.

Mr Kadlec had failed to inform Congress about his long-standing relationship with Emergent Biosolutions, which received a government contract worth more than $2 billion.

His efforts undermined “all rules and procedures designed to ensure public safety and to avoid corruption in the award of billions of dollars in government funds” as Dr Bright and others spent “valuable time” during the pandemic “fending off improper and often illegal requests from private industry and their agents”, the complaint says.

Under pressure from the Trump administration to promote anti-malaria drugs for several weeks, Dr Bright says he “exhausted all efforts to protect patients” from the unproven drug and “wrestled with what he felt was both a moral and a professional obligation to save lives and protect Americans”.

“He knew that providing this information to a journalist would place him further at odds with HHS leadership,” the complaint says. “However as the death toll mounted exponentially each day, Dr Bright concluded he was left with no choice, and he had a clear obligation to the American public, particularly those vulnerable as a result of illness from Covid-19, to protect it from drugs which he firmly believed constituted a substantial and specific danger to public health and public safety.”

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U.S. drops to 45 in ranking of countries based on freedom of the press — The report calls out Trump as a ‘media-bashing enthusiast’

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Michigan is considering move to ban guns inside state Capitol Building

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Michigan is considering move to ban guns inside state Capitol Building

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I’m Rebecca Parson, a tenants’ rights organizer and renter running for Congress (WA-06). My opponent, Derek Kilmer, is chair of the New Democrats and is the 11th most conservative Democrat in the House. I’m endorsed by Brand New Congress, DSA, Our Revolution, and WA Democrats Progressive Caucus. AMA

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My name is Rebecca Parson, and I’m running for Congress in WA-06 (Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Kitsap County, and the Olympic Peninsula). You may recognize me from this thread at r/SandersForPresident.

My opponent, Derek Kilmer, has taken over $3 million from corporate PACS — but calls himself a leader on getting money out of politics. He’s taken money from the oil, real estate, and health/pharma industries, which are working to stop my top 3 policies: the Green New Deal, a Homes Guarantee, and single-payer Medicare for All.

Already, I’ve:

  • Raised more than all of Kilmer’s 2014, 2016, and 2018 challengers — from all parties — combined.

  • Been in Current Affairs, the Nation, the Humanist Report, and Common Dreams.

  • Caused Kilmer to run a poll asking voters whether they agree or disagree with the following statement: “Derek Kilmer is a corporate sellout and it’s time to let another Democrat lead.”

The coronavirus crisis shows, now more than ever, that we need progressive policies like Medicare for All and a Homes Guarantee.

It’s a moral abomination that Congress bailed out Wall Street and corporations with virtually no oversight, gave the people pennies, and went on recess.

I support $2K cash per month to everyone in this country, cancelling rent and mortgages during the crisis, housing every homeless person, and providing free, universal healthcare.

My district was already suffering before this crisis: people are dying waiting in line for addiction treatment. People are getting evicted and dying on the streets. People are living without hope and dignity because they can’t find a good job. The pandemic has made it even worse.

I’ve served my community as a commissioner on the Tacoma Commission on Disabilities, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for kids in foster care, as a volunteer with the Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee, and as a co-leader of Indivisible Tacoma.

Now I want to serve my community in Congress.

Ask me anything about running for Congress, politics, my dog (Ogden Boondoggle McNash, Esq.), etc.

Find out more at: https://rebeccaforwa.com/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/eo5r87pnstw41.jpg

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President erupts at George Conway for ‘Mourning in America’ video, about the ‘deadly virus Trump ignored

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President erupts at George Conway for ‘Mourning in America’ video, about the ‘deadly virus Trump ignored

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Team Trump Says He Alone Stopped the Pandemic—You Know, the One That’s Still Raging

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