White House to Congress: Now is not the time for Fauci to testify
House committee laments decision but White House says there will be time in future for testimony.
The White House on Friday rebuffed a request from a House committee to have Dr. Anthony Fauci testify at a hearing next week, saying they want key officials to stay focused on the coronavirus fight.
"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," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement issued to multiple media outlets. "We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time."
House Democrats had hoped to host Fauci at a hearing next week, and lamented the decision.
"The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week's Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 response" House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement to multiple news organizations. "We have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,"
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