In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield, the Democratic members of the subcommittee said they are "gravely concerned" about the reports of political meddling in a journal that has always been free of political interference. He has been the agency's top communications official since April.
Caputo also "said without evidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was harboring a "resistance unit" determined to undermine President Donald Trump". He said he feared for his life and repeatedly attacked scientists, the media and Democrats.
News about Caputo's Facebook Live session comes after Politico https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/11/exclusive-trump-officials-interfered-with-cdc-reports-on-covid-19-412809 reported over the weekend that Caputo and his team had interfered in the CDC's weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the pandemic, to down play its severity.
"And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin", he said. He added: "If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it's going to be hard to get".
"You understand that they're going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that's where this is going", Caputo said, before launching into a dramatic rant about the "shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long", according to the Times.
The officials pressured CDC to change the reports, at times retroactively, to better align them with Trump's often rosier public statements about the coronavirus, Politico reported.
"This weighs heavily on us, and we deeply appreciate the friendship and support of President Trump as we address these matters and keep our children safe", he said, according to the Times.
On Monday Caputo deleted his personal Twitter account.