Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel


Rick Bryant alleges that the White House would not listen to him today he testifies before a house committee that says it will ride used to run a top federal health agency he says he warned about the pandemic early to no effect he says he warned against unproven drugs that the president was promoting and he says that's why the administration transferred him to a different job NPR health policy reporter Selena Simmons Duffin is covering this story Selena good morning morning Steve once bright already set well he filed a whistleblower complaint with the US office of special counsel last week and that details how as director of Bardot which is part of the federal health agency he warned the trump administration about the seriousness of the corona virus any claims he pushed back against the white house's promotion of unproven cove in nineteen treatments like hydroxyl Clark win and that the administration put what he called cronyism over science he was transferred he says against his will to the national institutes of health last month now president trump has dismissed the allegations and painted bright as a disgruntled employee but late last week breaks lawyers said the office of special counsel said there seem to be reasonable grounds to believe he was retaliated against and that it recommended he be reinstated while his complaint is investigated okay so there's a complaint now that that involves both bright and this other person a man named Bowen who is testifying today as well right right so the other witness today is Mike but when he's a businessman with a Texas based face mask company called prestige Ameritech and both witnesses submitted written testimony to lawmakers Boeing statement outlines how for years he tried to get the federal government to engage with his company and other domestic mask makers arguing it was a national security issue and in a pandemic like we are in now it would be hard to get the needed supplies he told NPR last month at no one took his warning seriously everybody ignored reporters ignored it some kind of experts ignored our government ignored at hospitals in order but ignored it I don't want to say I told you so just wanna help everybody although it is an opportunity for both born and bred to say told you so anyway okay so that's bone one is bright likely to say Rick Brady also submitted written testimony to lawmakers and he emphasizes he's a scientist and civil servant and that pandemic preparedness is his expertise and the fact that his warnings went unheeded clearly pains him here he is on CBS's sixty minutes last week we see too many doctors and nurses now dying I was thinking that we could have done more to get this masking the supplies to them sooner and if we had would they still be alive today for today's appearance so great rates that he wants to be forward looking so he talks about the need for a clear voice from the federal government that is consistent and truthful even when that truth is difficult and he says the truth is really difficult he writes the corona virus pandemic could be worse than the nineteen eighteen flu which claimed over fifty million lives and he says the window is closing to prevent things from being worse in the fall writing quote without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined to twenty twenty will be the darkest winter in modern history well very briefly what's the agenda of the lawmakers will question him well anytime a whistleblower comes to testify before Congress is going to be political right as a witness democratic lawmakers want to hear from and they hold the majority in the house one thing to watch for is how Republicans on the committee engage with bright and whether or not they use this as a platform to defend the

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