By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:32 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 23:43 BST, 1 May 2020
The White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before an oversight hearing by the House Appropriations Committee, calling it 'counter-productive.'
Word of the order broke Friday afternoon, on a week when Fauci appeared at one White House coronavirus task force briefing but has been absent at others.
'The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week's Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 response. We have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,' House Appropriations panel spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement.
BLOCKED: The White House is not allowing Dr. Anthony Fauci to testify before Congress next week
He didn't identify the official who blocked Fauci from appearing.
Although the House is out of session next week on the recommendation of the Capitol physician, its committees are seeking to resume oversight, including remotely.