Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced that he plans to step down from his government positions in December of this year, conveniently just before Republicans are expected to take back the House in January following the November midterms and investigate him.
After holding his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, Fauci is finally deciding to leave office.
Republicans immediately called the NIAID director out for the coincidental timing, and asserted that his resignation does not mean that he is off the hook in regards to their planned investigation.
During an interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday, House Oversight Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) stated that retirement will not shield Fauci from congressional scrutiny.
Comer said that Fauci will be held accountable for lying about the origins of COVID, gain-of-function research and his mishandling of the pandemic. He also noted that a Republican majority in Congress will be holding Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) accountable for using taxpayer money to fund questionable and concerning research in China.
Dr. Fauci was warned by top scientists early on that the virus looked genetically manipulated & likely leaked from the Wuhan lab. Despite these facts, he dismissed these ideas as conspiracy theories.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) August 23, 2022
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — who has been one of the strongest critics of Fauci, and has called him out numerous times — could potentially be the next chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In a tweet on Monday, Paul stated: “Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak.”
Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak.
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 22, 2022
Meanwhile, Fauci is still not taking responsibility for any of his failures, and has claimed that the timing of his resignation had nothing to do with the inevitable investigations.
“I have nothing to hide and I can defend everything I’ve done, so that doesn’t faze me or bother me,” he told CNN. “My decisions of stepping down go back well over a year.”
While Democrat lawmakers have refused to hold a single hearing into Fauci’s handling of the pandemic, Republicans promise that their investigations will shed some light on his failures.
Dr. Fauci lost the trust of the American people when his guidance unnecessarily kept schools closed and businesses shut while obscuring questions about his knowledge on the origins of COVID.
He owes the American people answers. A @HouseGOP majority will hold him accountable.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 22, 2022