Trump Accuser Backs Down After Complaints

( The former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who filed a whistleblower complaint against the Trump administration after he was fired in April 2020 has settled his complaint against the government.

In his complaint, Rick Bright accused the Trump administration of prioritizing politics over science and alleged that he was fired from his position because he pushed back on the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.

Bright alleged in his complaint that he pressed HHS about the threat of the virus and the urgent need to act, but claimed HHS leadership was indifferent then hostile toward him. He also accused former HHS Secretary Alex Azar of downplaying the threat of COVID while Bright, who portrays himself as a brave little fighter, was demanding HHS provide resources to begin working on a vaccine as well as drug and diagnostic development to combat coronavirus.

All of which the Trump administration was doing. Operation Warp Speed began in April 2020. So what precisely Rick Bright was fighting against is unclear.

After Bright was removed as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, he was reassigned to a much smaller role within the National Institutes of Health to develop COVID-19 treatments. Which, naturally, resulted in Bright filing an updated whistleblower complaint accusing HHS of trying to discredit him and preventing him from being successful in his new position.

Rick Bright sounds more like a disgruntled former employee than any kind of “whistleblower.” And when you consider that his attorney is none other than Debra Katz, the attorney who represented Christine Blasey-Ford, everything starts to make sense. The only person who was prioritizing politics over science appears to be Rick Bright.

However, the Office of the Special Counsel, the watchdog agency responsible for investigating these types of complaints, determined that there were “reasonable grounds” that the Trump administration retaliated against Bright.

With this settlement agreement, Bright will receive back pay and compensatory damages over what Debra Katz described as a “vicious campaign to discredit him as a ‘creep’ and a ‘disgruntled employee'” by the President and the administration.

Bright resigned from his lesser job at NIH back in October. Then after the election joined Joe Biden’s transition team as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force.

Bright, who now works with the Rockefeller Foundation developing a pandemic prevention institute, was delighted with the resolution of his complaint. In a statement released last week, Bright said that with the complaint resolved, he can now focus his attention on his lifelong career goal – preventing pandemics and containing global outbreaks “to ensure the world never again suffers the consequences we have seen over the past 18 months.”