Trump campaign pans coronavirus panel as 'third WITCH HUNT in THREE YEARS'

The Trump campaign hammered Congress for setting up a committee to oversee the implementation of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, casting the panel as the embodiment of a “WITCH HUNT.”

“First, the Democrat’s Russian Collusion Delusion FAILED because WE fought back,” the campaign said in a fundraising email it says was penned by President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE, referring to the Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE investigation. “Then, their Impeachment Hoax FAILED because WE fought back even harder.”

“NOW, they are trying to weaponize a new coronavirus committee against me, and if we’re going to withstand this attack, we’ll need to fight back even harder than ever before. This is the third WITCH HUNT in THREE YEARS,” it added.

The campaign said it was raising funds for a new “presidential defense fund” for the president’s “most loyal defenders” to fight “this nasty battle against the Left.”

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Trump has repeatedly bristled against oversight efforts by various branches of the government, casting himself as a victim of partisan “hoaxes” and “witch hunts” in an apparent attempt to energize his base. 

Congress set up an oversight committee as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law this month to help review the implementation of the mammoth law. However, the five-member panel has yet to be enacted, as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHow Cruz Supreme Court case could lead to unlimited anonymous election spending Trump and Biden should stop denigrating US elections The Armageddon elections to come MORE (R-Ky.) are still deciding who to pick as its chairman. 

The Congressional Oversight Commission is one of three oversight mechanisms established in the relief package, though the other two measures have been thrust into controversy.

Trump has nominated an inspector general for pandemic response to oversee the same $500 billion as the congressional panel, though the pick, a White House lawyer, has faced backlash from Democrats who claim he cannot be impartial.

Trump also demoted the Pentagon watchdog who had been named to lead a panel of current inspectors general, and no replacement has been announced.