White House Accused of Meddling with ’Sacred’ CDC Reports

A CDC official says she was ordered to delete an email suggesting political interference by the White House, the AP reports.

The allegations surround an email from former Health and Human Services senior advisor Paul Alexander demanding that the CDC revise or remove an already-published scientific report about coronavirus risks to children, amid politically charged debate over school reopenings.

Charlotte Kent, editor of the CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (“sacred texts in the scientific community,” according to Politico’s Dan Diamond) told congressional investigators yesterday that she believed the order to delete the August 8 email came from CDC Director Robert Redfield, NPR reports.

Rep. James Clyburn expressed “serious concern" about possible Trump administration efforts to destroy evidence of senior political appointees’ interference in the CDC’s COVID-19 response.

The HHS hit back, citing Redfield’s assertion that he told staffers to ignore the email. 

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