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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee warned Tuesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci shouldn’t be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding his role as one of the top officials on the White House’s coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence.
In an interview with Fox News, Huckabee told host Harris Faulkner that making Fauci available to the Democrat-led House would be a mistake because he believes the objective would be to trap the nation’s top immunologist into panning President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic.
“If you take conversations, candid conversations that a president can have with the people surrounding him, and you start having politically charged, hateful people like exist in the Democrat House just trying to expose it and cause trouble in the midst of a pandemic, presidents will never surround themselves with people like Dr. Fauci again. That’s the danger that we would face,” Huckabee noted.
Huckabee praised Fauci, saying he wasn’t a “shrinking violet” while noting that the expert in infectious disease has been afforded several chances to voice his opinion to the president and vice president if he had concerns about the administration’s response.
The former GOP governor also warned House Democrats would so politicize Trump’s response that officials like Fauci and state administrators would be more reluctant to be transparent with the White House during future emergencies and events.
”The reason that Dr. Fauci shouldn’t go and testify to Congress is because the conversations and discussions that he has had with the president are in the Executive Branch, where they should remain,” Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential contender, noted.
President Trump is also aware of the political pitfalls of making Fauci available to the highly partisan Democrat-led House.
On Monday he dismissed the notion of allowing the immunologist to testify, telling reporters he believed it is just “a setup.”
“The House is a setup,” he told White House reporters. “The House is a bunch of Trump haters.”
REPORTER: Why won't you let Fauci testify before the House?
TRUMP: "Because the House is a set up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters … they, frankly, want our situation to be unsuccessful, which means death." pic.twitter.com/G3G5OoV5IV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 5, 2020
“They, frankly, want our situation to be unsuccessful, which means death,” the president added.
That said, Trump is making Fauci available to the GOP-led Senate.
“But the House, I will tell you, the House, they should be ashamed of themselves. And, frankly, the Democrats should be ashamed, because they don’t want us to succeed. They want us to fail so they can win an election — which they’re not going to win,” he added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Response April 2, which she claims will be utilized to gauge President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president and his allies see the panel as little more than the latest political tool Pelosi will use to harass the administration while it is still trying to deal with a pandemic that remains stubbornly persistent in some parts of the country.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Pelosi’s committee “redundant” because there is already oversight management written into the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Congress passed in March.
For his part, Huckabee singled out House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, another California Democrat who has literally blamed President Trump for a virus that originated in China.
“The president is not going to trot these people off to Congress so that they can get skewered by the likes of Adam Schiff,” he said.
The California Democrat announced early last month he would introduce legislation to form a 9/11-style commission to examine when the administration knew the virus was a threat and what actions it took to mitigate it.
“After Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we looked at what went wrong to learn from our mistakes,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday. “Once we’ve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic.”
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