New Czar Snubs House Request to Testify at Ebola Hearing

Ebola czar Ron Klain has snubbed an invitation to testify before a House committee examining how the government is responding to the outbreak of the deadly disease, according to reports.

The White House has told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Klain will not appear at the hearing this Friday, Fox News reported, citing a committee aide.

“The White House has informed us that he has not yet officially started and will not be able to attend Friday,” the committee aide told the network.

Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore, would have faced a series of tough questions from the Republican-controlled committee.

Klain also skipped two Ebola meetings last week, chaired by President Barack Obama, in the first two days after he was named as the government’s point man in the crisis, the Daily Mail reported.

The first meeting was on Friday, just hours before Klain was sighted entering the White House at 5:30 p.m. The second meeting, involving 20 high-level officials, came on Saturday evening after the president had finished a round of golf.