Waters: Fauci 'was being bullied' by Jordan during hearing

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersJuan Williams: Tim Scott should become a Democrat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE’s chief medical adviser, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court takes case that could diminish Roe v. Wade | White House to send US-authorized vaccines overseas for first time The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Israel-Hamas carnage worsens; Dems face SALT dilemma Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE, “was being bullied” by Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump Roy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position MORE (R-Ohio) during the heated House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Thursday at which Waters told Jordan to “shut your mouth.”

While appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” Waters she saw the hearing as an opportunity for members of Congress to learn more about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic from Fauci.

"While he was there, and he has so much credibility, he was being bullied, and there was an attempt to basically shut him down by Congressman Jordan," she added. "We only have limited time. We only have five minutes each, and he does not respect the chair. He does not respect the other members. He speaks over time."

During the hearing, Jordan and Fauci both raised their voices as the Ohio representative accused Fauci of promoting policies that “trampled” on personal liberties. Fauci in turn maintained that his recommendations had to do with public health, not personal liberty.

When Jordan’s time expired, he continued to speak, leading to Waters saying to him, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.”

“I simply tried to, you know, intervene in the way that — to tell him what needed to be said,” Waters told Capehart. “I know that I'm different from a lot of politicians, and I do, you know, take the opportunity to say what I think needs to be said at a particular time, and that's what I did.”

Fauci said on Sunday that comments and accusations like Jordan's are "quite frustrating" while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I don't enjoy those kind of confrontations, but, I mean, it was very, very clear that he was talking about the liberties that were being restricted," Fauci told host Dana BashDana BashMaryland GOP governor: Trump is 'toxic for the Republican Party and for the country' House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 Walensky says unvaccinated children should continue wearing masks MORE. "This has nothing to do with liberty, Dana. We're talking about the fact that 560,000 people in our country have died. We're talking about [60,000] to 70,000 new infections per day. That's the issue. This is a public health issue. It's not a civil liberties issue."