Clyburn Announces Hearing with Former White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx

Jun 16, 2022
Press Release
Hearing marks Birx’s first official testimony before Congress since joining the Trump White House

Washington, D.C. (June 16, 2022) – On Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn, will hold a hybrid hearing with former Trump White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx regarding the federal government’s pandemic response.

The Select Subcommittee has found that Trump Administration officials engaged in a widespread pattern of political interference in the pandemic response during Dr. Birx’s tenure as response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force—weakening public health guidance, embracing unfounded theories, and muzzling career officials from sharing accurate scientific information with the American people—with a goal of advancing the former president’s perceived political interests.

Last October, the Select Subcommittee released portions of a two-day transcribed interview with Dr. Birx in which she discussed how former President Trump’s prioritization of politics, contempt for science, and refusal to follow the advice of public health experts undermined the nation’s ability to respond effectively to the pandemic.  According to Dr. Birx, more than 130,000 American lives could have been saved after the first wave of the pandemic if the Trump Administration had implemented proven mitigation measures.

As the Biden Administration continues to lead the country beyond the coronavirus crisis and restore Americans’ trust in our public health agencies, the Select Subcommittee will hear Dr. Birx’s firsthand knowledge about what went wrong during the previous Administration in order to determine what corrective steps are necessary to better prepare our nation for any future public health crisis and to ensure that our public health institutions are never again compromised by decision makers more concerned with politics than Americans’ health.

WHAT:  

A Hearing with Former Trump White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx 

WHEN: 

Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET  

WHO: 

  • Dr. Deborah Birx, Former Trump White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator 

WATCH: 

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Select Subcommittee website

WHERE:  

2154 Rayburn House Office Building 

Credentialed media wishing to attend must RSVP to Graeme Crews at graeme.crews@mail.house.gov no later than 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 22.   

117th Congress