Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner (Alex Brandon/AP Images)

FDA com­mis­sion­er Hahn ousts agency’s new chief spokesper­son as plas­ma con­tro­ver­sy con­tin­ues to smol­der

FDA com­mis­sion­er Stephen Hahn capped a week of con­tro­ver­sy over a fi­as­co re­volv­ing around his mis­lead­ing com­ments on a Covid-19 treat­ment by oust­ing the agency’s new­ly-hired chief spokesper­son, Emi­ly Miller.

Miller had worked at the right-wing ca­ble news net­work One Amer­i­ca News — a fa­vorite of Pres­i­dent Trump’s — as well as for the cam­paign of Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz be­fore she was placed at the FDA just 11 days ago, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times, which broke the sto­ry. Her ap­point­ment raised eye­brows at an agency that has long hired civ­il ser­vants for such po­si­tions and worked to main­tain its in­de­pen­dence from po­lit­i­cal winds.

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