"Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has made a decision to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family", the department said in a Wednesday statement.
Caputo has a history of making inflammatory remarks on social media.
Caputo, who has deleted his personal Twitter account, has been at the center of multiple episodes of political meddling regarding the HHS Covid-19 response, including reports that he and top adviser Paul Alexander tried to influence key CDC scientific bulletins.
Caputo apologized for his latest outburst involving "sedition" accusations to HHS employees on Tuesday, and hinted that he would take a medical leave of absence. CNN's KFile reported earlier this year that he made racist and derogatory comments about Chinese people, accused Democrats of wanting the coronavirus to kill millions of people and accused the media of intentionally creating panic around the pandemic to hurt Trump in a series of now-deleted tweets.
When asked by Murray if Giroir rejects "the unfounded harmful conspiracy theory" that CDC has "deep state ulterior motives", Giroir responded: "I have not seen anything out of CDC. any of the agencies I've worked with that is anything but people acting in the best interests of the American people".
"It's clear that Michael Caputo's loyalty doesn't lie with the American people, but exclusively with Trump".
Dr Rick Bright, who had been director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) since 2016, was removed from that post and from his position as the health department's deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response on 21 April.
"I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit", Bright said in the statement. 'This weighs really heavily on me. Likewise saying, "You are not getting up each morning and discussing dead Americans". Honest to God ladies and gentlemen, I don't want to talk about death anymore, ' he says. And you'll understand that I'm not going anywhere. They're not going to run me out'. My mental health is definitely failing. The shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there, alone, those shadows are so long'.
Caputo told his staff he was under stress because of concerns about his physical health and threats to his safety and his family's.
They "haven't escaped their running trousers aside from gatherings at coffeehouses" to plot "how they will Donald Trump straightaway", he said in the video, as indicated by The Post. "The drills that you've seen are nothing".
"We need a Secretary of Health and Human Services who will look out for the American people", added Schumer, "not President Trump's political interests".
The scientists "haven't gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops" to plot "how they're going to attack Donald Trump next", Caputo said.
Stone said Trump should consider imposing "marshal law" or invoke the Insurrection Act should results show he lost the election.