A scientist working for the Trump administration repeatedly complained in emails that “election stuff” was taking dangerous precedence over developing an effective response to the deadly COVID-19 crisis, The Washington Post reported. Donald Trump’s focus on the election persisted according to the emails even as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. soared to some 250,000 a day in January, the Post noted. Emails by Steven Hatfill, a virologist who advised White House trade director Peter Navarro, were obtained by the House Select Committee investigating the White House response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Now with the elections so close, COVID is taking a back-seat, yet the disease is rearing it[s] ugly head again,” Hatfill wrote to a colleague outside the White House in October 2020 in an email seen by the Post. After the election, which was challenged by Trump, Hatfill revealed in another email that he personally “shifted over to the election fraud investigation in November.
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