Congress expands probe into political interfering at CDC

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WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators expanded their inquiry Monday of political interference at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under former President Donald Trump, citing newly obtained documents and additional reports of the administration’s meddling in government scientists’ work.

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The expanded investigation centers on efforts to blunt the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, which offer public updates on scientists’ findings. The reports had been considered sacrosanct for decades and untouchable by political appointees, but Trump appointees pushed last year to edit the findings, worried that they undermined Trump’s more optimistic spin on the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior officials also discussed how to respond to a Trump appointee’s demand to edit the reports, according to a newly released email obtained by the House’s select…

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