House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is pushing for Dr. Anthony Fauci to testify, and he’s not happy that President Donald Trump is refusing to allow it.
The Democratic-controlled House created an oversight committee last month — which only has Democratic lawmakers, no Republicans — to investigate the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.
First Democrats pushed Russia collusion; then, Ukraine quid pro quo; now, this is clearly their latest impeachment plan.
Schiff took to Twitter on Tuesday and claimed that Trump does not want Fauci — the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force — to testify because he’s afraid of what he might say.
Newly appointed White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany was asked about this during Wednesday’s press briefing and said Fauci would not be testifying before the House because the request was made in poor faith.
“It’s important to note that Dr. Fauci will be testifying for the Senate, which means he will be fielding questions from both Democrats and Republicans,” McEnany said. “The House, however, and specifically Chairwoman Nita Lowey’s committee, did not act in good faith.”
McEnany said that Lowey, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations, spoke with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows three times. Pence requested details about the hearing, which Lowey said she would provide. McEnany said she announced that she had been denied by the White House before providing that information.
“[Meadows] said in the three phone calls, you know, ‘What is the purpose of this hearing? Can you give me subject matter?’ and Lowey was unable to tell the chief of staff with the subject matter was. The last phone call they had was at 10:46 p.m. on that evening, and Lowey agreed to follow up in the morning with details,” McEnany said.
“Those details were never received,” she continued. “Instead, we got a press release. That’s what we call a publicity stunt. We encourage the House to act in good faith, much like the Senate.”
McEnany was later asked a follow-up question as to whether the House deserves to play a role in oversight of the executive branch. She said that the House can provide oversight if it acts “in good faith.”
“We don’t have time in the middle of a pandemic for publicity stunts,” she said. “It’s not the time for that. It’s not the place for that. And, in the course of three phone calls, you should be able to give the subject matter to ensure it’s the best use of Dr. Fauci’s time.”
Pressed on the White House blocking Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before the House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tells @jonkarl, “in the Republican-controlled Senate, Dr. Fauci will indeed be asked questions by Democrats.” https://t.co/eKQHK1EMJ7 pic.twitter.com/A2iW2YNv27
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 6, 2020
Trump told reporters on Tuesday that the Democrat-created oversight committee it’s nothing but a trap from Democrats to pick apart Fauci’s words to attack him.
“The House is a setup. The House is a bunch of Trump-haters,” Trump said.
Fauci is set to testify before a Senate committee next week, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield.
Last month, Fauci shut down media reports that Trump does not listen to him.
Another day, another meltdown from Democrats who only care about going after the president.