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Pelosi announces new committee to investigate Trump’s coronavirus response and to ‘root out waste, fraud and abuse’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a new House Select Committee to oversee the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

She said the committee would be bipartisan and intended to “root out waste, fraud and abuse” and to “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism”.

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She added that part of its focus would be to scrutinise the distribution of a $2 trillion relief package passed last week.

The president is facing mounting criticism over his administration's handling of the epidemic as well as his earlier attempts to play down its severity.

The US now has over 215,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 5,000 people confirmed to have died.

This week saw it overtake China as the country with the most cases officially recorded, though questions have been raised about whether the Chinese government is disclosing the full impact the virus is having in China.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Pelosi said: “We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work.

“Congress has taken an important step in leading this crisis by passing three bills with over $2 trillion in emergency relief.

"We need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”

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