White House blocks Dr. Fauci from testifying before House Appropriations subcommittee

Dr. Anthony Fauci has gained a high profile in recent months due to his role on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force. On Wednesday, House Democrats announced that they want him to testify.

However, the White House made clear that Fauci won’t be showing up on Capitol Hill any time soon, and that has some lawmakers upset.

House Appropriations Committee goes fishing

Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked to appear before the House Appropriations Committee.

“The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week’s Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 response,” NPR quoted committee spokesperson Evan Hollander as saying on Friday.

“We have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,” Hollander complained.

Judd Deere is a spokesman for the White House, and while he didn’t rule out an eventual appearance from Fauci, he insisted that now is not the time.

“While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings,” Deere explained

The Trump administration official went on to add, “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”

Democrats create new COVID-19 House committee

“The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus and to assure that the taxpayers’ dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief, and benefit our economy,” claims House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
However, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dismissed the move as simply more political chicanery rather than a serious effort to serve the public.
“Instead of looking for innovative ways to help the American people, Speaker Pelosi has chosen to pursue ‘impeachment 2.0’ with a partisan and unnecessary oversight committee,” the Washington Examiner quoted him as saying.
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