This morning, Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of “the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. This committee will be chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. In her statement, Pelosi said “That is why I am announcing the formation of a special bipartisan oversight panel.” That’s news to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. That isn’t the only thing that’s suspicious about this committee.

A huge amount of activity will theoretically happen in the next 2 weeks. According to Ed Morrissey’s post, “Pelosi won’t have the House return until April 20, almost three weeks from now.” In her statement, Pelosi quoted President Truman as saying “I knew that after the First World War there’d been a hundred and sixteen investigating committees after the fact, and I felt that one committee before the fact would prevent a lot of waste and maybe even save some lives, and that’s the way it worked out.”

If the House isn’t in session until after a huge portion of the funds have been disbursed, why is Pelosi talking about “one committee before the fact” preventing lots of waste? That’s like putting the fire department on furlough while they’re trying to prevent arsonists’ attacks. Apparently, there’s a different motive:

Pelosi has a daily briefing already, but this would certainly afford an opportunity for the House to counter-program against Trump. They’d have to stay in town to do it, though.

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