Well, that’s fucked up.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing that it would be “counterproductive” for him to appear next week while in the midst of participating in the government’s response to the pandemic.
The White House issued a statement about Fauci’s testimony shortly after The Washington Post published a story Friday afternoon quoting a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee, who said the White House was refusing to allow Fauci to appear at a subcommittee hearing next week.
“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 counterproductive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at congressional hearings,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”
In fact, Fauci is expected to appear at a Senate hearing related to testing the following week, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning.
“It’s not muzzling, it’s not blocking, it’s simply trying to ensure we’re able to balance the need for oversight, the legitimate need for oversight, with their responsibilities to handle covid-19 work at their respective agencies and departments,” said the official, who noted that health risks entailed in moving around in public places were also a factor.
First of all, we know full well that this is indeed both muzzling and blocking.
We also know that Dr. Fauci is able to give multiple interviews throughout his week and show up for those ridiculous Cornoavirus press briefings that Trump uses as mini-rallies so there is no reason he cannot free up time to share important details with Congress.
The only reason that the Trump Administration would fear Fauci appearing before Congress is that they know he has information that would prove damaging.
Well, they certainly cannot keep him muzzled forever.