Democrats demand Michael Caputo step down as HHS spokesman over Facebook video

Democrats demand Michael Caputo step down as HHS spokesman over Facebook video


Michael Caputo faced mounting pressure to resign from his role in the Department of Health and Human Services as more Democrats denounced him Tuesday for recently spreading conspiracy theories.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California joined Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut to become the latest Democrat to demand Mr. Caputo step down as a top HHS spokesman.

Mr. Schiff, one of Trump administration’s toughest critics in Congress, echoed concerns raised by colleagues after The New York Times reported about remarks Mr. Caputo recently made on Facebook.

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In a live video, Mr. Caputo claimed “hit squads” are being trained in case President Trump wins reelection and that government scientists “do not want America to get well,” The Times reported.

Mr. Caputo, formally the assistant secretary of public affairs for HHS, “is stifling scientists, spreading insane conspiracies and ranting online,” Mr. Schiff reacted Tuesday on Twitter.

“We need science, not politics. And we need it

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