Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says top national health adviser Anthony Fauci may testify before the Senate next week after the White House blocked Fauci from testifying this week before a House subcommittee.
The key difference? Republicans control the Senate while Democrats control the House and it appears that new White House chief of staff Mark Meadows thinks Fauci will get fairer treatment in the upper chamber.
The Trump administration on Monday issued new guidelines for coronavirus task force members barring them from accepting invitations to appear before congressional panels this month unless Meadows grants permission.
Schumer, appearing on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” said there’s a chance Fauci will testify in the Senate next week after being prohibited from appearing in the House. But the Democratic leader cautioned it’s not a sure thing given the tight grip being put on President Trump’s scientific advisers.
“Now they say they may have Fauci next week but who can believe that given what Mark Meadows, given that they pulled him away from the House?” Schumer said in an interview Monday evening.