Skip to content

HHS whistleblower: Let scientists speak ‘without fear of retribution’

Loading the player...

A top health official turned whistleblower, Rick Bright, told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that without a science-based national response to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 could be the “darkest winter in modern history.”

“We have the world’s greatest scientists — let us lead. Let us speak without fear of retribution,” Bright said Thursday.

Bright was demoted last month from his post as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. He then filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was retaliated against for warning Trump administration officials about mask shortages and drug concerns.

[ Also watch: A view of social distancing on the Capitol grounds ]

Recent Stories

Reproductive policy fights renew the focus on IVF

Capitol Lens | ‘The Eyes of History’

Supreme Court to hear cross-state pollution case

McConnell has a good week in battle to retake Senate majority

Trump’s interest in national abortion ban fires up both sides

‘Bad performance art’ — Congressional Hits and Misses