“If you see something that might be illegal, and cause thousands of civilian lives to be lost, a person has to speak out,” he said, adding that the administration’s pandemic response “was like a family office meets organized crime, melded with ‘Lord of the Flies.’ It was a government of chaos.”
A grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy told The New Yorker that he was the whistleblower that sounded the alarm on presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s coronavirus task force to Congress.
Max Kennedy Jr., 26, told The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that he sent an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress in April “detailing dangerous incompetence” in the administration’s pandemic response, according to the report.
“I just couldn’t sleep,” Kennedy told Mayer. “I was so distressed and disturbed by what I’d seen.”
Kennedy was advised by a friend to volunteer for Kushner’s “impact team” and decided to jump at the opportunity to join the Supply-Chain Task Force in March believing that the job “didn’t seem political.”
Kennedy, who was surrounded by other 20-something volunteers from various fields with no experience in procuring medical supplies, said he was surprised that they were not intended to be support staff for the procurement team.
“We were the team,” he told Mayer. “We were the entire frontline team for the federal government.”
The team was tasked with procuring much-needed supplies while equipped with only their personal laptops and private email accounts. Kennedy said that as the weeks went on, he was disturbed by President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to downplay the pandemic.
“I knew from that room that he was saying things that just weren’t true,” he said, adding that the team was too small to meet the challenge.