This Week in Washington: Investigations & Failed COVID Goals
President Joe Biden is in Florida today, meeting with affected families, and state and local officials managing the search and rescue efforts after last week’s collapse of an apartment building in Surfside, Florida. We’ll have the latest on the developing response to this tragedy.
On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her picks for the select committee meant to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. Only two Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of the committee. Pelosi selected one of those Republicans, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), to join the committee. Can this committee provide a more detailed accounting, as well as accountability, for what happened at the Capitol that day?
In New York, a grand jury has indicted the Trump Organization and its former CFO Allen Weisselberg as part of a tax investigation. The indictments could pose legal trouble for former President Donald Trump, who has begun holding rallies as he considers another run for the presidency in 2024. No charges are expected for Trump himself at this time. How much legal jeopardy does the former president face?
And across the country, Americans will be celebrating the July 4 holiday this weekend. President Biden has set milestones for the day, hoping 70% of Americans will have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But the U.S. has fallen short of the 70% goal and the spread of the Delta variant has raised concerns about a surge in communities with low vaccination rates. Can the U.S. return to normal as the virus continues to spread?
Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor with more insight and analysis:
- Yasmeen Abutaleb, National Health Policy Reporter for The Washington Post
- Jonathan Lemire, White House Reporter for the Associated Press
- Ayesha Rascoe, White House Correspondent for NPR
- Jonathan Swan, National Political Reporter for Axios
Watch our Washington Week Bookshelf streaming live at 8:30 p.m. ET on our website, Facebook and YouTube pages. We’ll talk with Yasmeen Abutaleb and her co-author Damian Paletta about their new book “Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History.”