President Donald Trump has, in the logically strange phrase, had his cake and eaten it too. Tuesday, President Trump okayed the testimony of Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in front of the GOP-led U.S. Senate. He vetoed an appearance by Fauci in front of the House, knowing it would only lead to a prosecutorial fishing expedition played up by the press (no matter what Fauci said) as a horrendous Trump defeat. Thus he silences critics who say he was stonewalling, ensures the process is in friendly and capable hands, and stops Nancy Pelosi from persecuting Dr. Fauci. Score, Trump.
“Dr. Fauci will be testifying in front of the Senate and he looks forward to doing that,” Trump said in announcing his decision. When asked why there would not be House testimony, the president put it this way, “because the House is a setup… The House is a bunch of Trump haters. They put every Trump hater on the committee. The same old stuff.”
He is quite correct. The House committee recently charged by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch Impeachment 2.0 includes Chairman James Clyburn (D-SC), House Financial Service Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Andy Kim (D-NJ). Every single one of them crazy for cocoa puffs.
The president explained, “The House has put on an oversight committee of Maxine Waters and Maloney and the same people and it’s just a set up… They frankly want our situation to be unsuccessful and our situation is going to be very successful.”
He added: “The House, I will tell you, the House should be ashamed of themselves… And frankly, the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves because they don’t want us to succeed. They want us to fail so they can win an election—which they’re not gonna win—but they want us, think of it, they do everything they can to make things as bad as possible.”
Just like the Democrats: Politics over people.