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The Trump administration blocked a request for Anthony Fauci to testify before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response. When asked why the nation’s top infectious-disease expert was barred from testifying, a White House spokesperson told Insider that it was “counter-productive” to have people involved in the administration’s coronavirus response “appearing at Congressional hearings.” Fauci, who is on the White House coronavirus task force, has become one of the most trusted voices in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The White House has barred the nation’s top expert on contagious diseases from been talking to a House of Representatives panel investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response.

Trump administration officials scorned a request from the House Appropriations Committee for Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to testify at a hearing scheduled for next week, Evan Hollander, a spokesman for the committee, told The Washington Post on Friday.See the rest of the tale at Business Insider

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