Will David Kessler Slow Down Operation Warp Speed?

1/18/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on America’s Voice on Biden’s appointment of former FDA Commissioner David Kessler to head up Operation Warp Speed.… Read More ➡

Biden Warp Speed Pick David Kessler Has History of Overcharging Taxpayers for Travel Expenses

David Kessler

Dr. David Kessler, co-chair of President-elect Biden’s COVID task force, has been chosen to replace Dr. Moncef Slaoui as Chief Scientific Advisor to Operation Warp Speed, who has agreed to stay on a month to help Kessler with the transition.  Dr. Kessler had resigned as President Clinton’s Food and Drug Administration Commissioner in late November 1996 after Clinton’s re-election following the controversy of his overbilling travel expenses during his tenure. 

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, which led the investigation into Kessler’s travel expenses when Kessler was FDA Commissioner, had called upon Biden in a November 18, 2020 press statement not to appoint Kessler as HHS Secretary, who was at that time a leading contender for the post. Instead, Biden chose Xavier Becerra as his HHS Secretary and this appointment appears to be a consolation prize.  Notably, the critical position of the Commissioner … Read More ➡

David Kessler, Co-Chair of Biden’s COVID Task Force and Possible HHS Secretary, Has History of Overcharging Taxpayers for His Travel as Uncovered by Ethics Watchdog Group

David Kessler, co-chair of Joseph Biden’s COVID-19 task force, and a leading candidate to be his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, resigned as President Clinton’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner in late November 1996 (after Clinton’s re-election) amid controversy for overbilling his travel expenses during his tenure and shortly after a court upheld a subpoena for his deposition in a major FDA case.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which led the investigation into Kessler’s travel expenses when Kessler was FDA Commissioner, is calling upon Joe Biden to dismiss Kessler from his COVID task force and remove him from consideration for HHS Secretary.

NLPC’s investigation included hundreds of FOIA requests for Kessler’s travel vouchers and itineraries over a five-year period that were turned over to the House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee at the time, which launched an investigation, including a referral to the … Read More ➡