Republicans plan to investigate Anthony Fauci link to so-called gain-of-function research

Anthony Fauci – the doctor who killed America

According to Axios.com, NIAID director Anthony Fauci’s time in the spotlight likely won’t end with his retirement: Republicans plan to investigate his role in the COVID pandemic if they take control of the House or Senate next year.

The intrigue: Although the GOP could always subpoena Fauci as a civilian, they may not need to.

  • “I have never had any problem defending what I’ve done and I have nothing to hide,” Fauci said in an interview with Axios. “I’ve testified before the Congress hundreds of times over the last 38 years. I have no trouble testifying before Congress.”
  • Republicans have tried to link Fauci to so-called gain-of-function research — in which a virus can be tweaked to become more virulent — and connect NIH-funded work to the pandemic. They’ve also stepped up personal attacks on Fauci, to tap into voter frustrations with the pandemic.

Driving the news: Republicans who could potentially be committee chairs signaled they were open to expanding the scope of their future investigations.

  • Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a press statement on Monday vowing to continue investigating Fauci, stating: “Retirement can’t shield Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight.”
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a Monday press release that, “We need answers to many questions around the government’s failed COVID-19 pandemic response, how this pandemic started, and his [Fauci’s] role in supporting taxpayer-funded risky research without proper oversight in China.”
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who could potentially be the next chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee if the GOP flips the Senate, tweeted on Monday that “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.”

Flashback: In January, GOP House Oversight Committee members released a batch of Fauci’s emails where he discussed the origins of COVID-19. Republicans claimed the emails showed that Fauci concealed information and downplayed the idea that the virus leaked from a laboratory.

  • Meanwhile, there has been a call from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for a 9/11 style bipartisan commission investigation into the U.S. COVID-19 response, but so far legislation that would enact it hasn’t seen much momentum.

Worst Doctor in the History of America!

The advice he gave President Trump could meet the definition of treason.

“Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work,” President Joe Biden said of news that his chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, is finally retiring.

Biden’s only too right — tragically. Fauci’s COVID guidance was disastrous.

Fauci, now 81, initially greeted COVID by insisting it wasn’t a “major threat,” only to flip almost overnight into a strident hawk.

He demanded contact tracing, a measure as costly as it was useless. He called for economic shutdowns and national school closures. He ridiculed efforts to focus protective efforts narrowly on the truly vulnerable — the elderly and the immunocompromised.

He mocked the idea that people who recovered from COVID had some degree of natural immunity (after having once proposed it himself). And he did all this even as he doubted in private the efficacy of masks and the existence of asymptomatic spread.

His overgrown ego, in short, led him to promote the most destructive federal and state policies in recent US memory. And as of late July he was still at it, saying we should’ve had “much more stringent restrictions” to fight asymptomatic COVID spread in 2020.

This, when his tactics accomplished nothing. The United States did worse on overall COVID outcomes than did Sweden, which never closed schools nor implemented other draconian policies.

Yet Fauci’s chief sin likely came before COVID even reached these shores: As chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he championed and oversaw funding for labs in China that performed gain-of-function research on viruses. Then, as the face of the nation’s coronavirus response, he joined the drive to render unmentionable the idea that the virus might have leaked from that Wuhan lab.

And for all the lives his ideas cost and all the needless pain they inflicted, Fauci has not been — and looks likely never to be — held accountable.

In his own words, the good doctor is leaving to “pursue his next chapter.” For the sake of the world, we hope it’s focused on gardening. Fauci’s too dangerous to be anywhere near the levers of power.

Did Anthony Fauci really think we would forgive him if he resigned?

Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that his recently announced decision to step down from his government positions was not at all affected by threats of investigations from congressional Republicans.

Fauci on Monday announced that he would be stepping down from his positions as both President Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December of this year.

Several GOP lawmakers have vowed to launch investigations into Fauci over his actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic if they win back control of Congress in the midterm elections.

CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked Fauci Tuesday how much those threats of investigations played a role in his decision to end his decades-long tenure in government.

“None at all, Kaitlan. Really none at all, not even a slight amount,” Fauci said. “I have nothing to hide and I could defend everything I’ve done. So that doesn’t faze me or bother me. My decisions of stepping down go back well over a year.”

Fauci further said that he had originally considered stepping down at the end of the Trump administration, but stayed on at the request of Biden.

“I thought that was going to last about a year, that we would be having COVID behind us after a year. But obviously, painfully so, that’s not the case,” he said.

The longtime government official added that he felt it was the right time to leave his positions “since I’m still healthy, energetic and passionate about what I want to do. And I think that’s the time to move on to the next phase.”

Fauci’s announcement did not deter lawmakers from planning potential future inquiries, with several Republican leaders vowing to still pursue investigations into the top infectious diseases expert even when he is no longer working for the government.

Collins asked Fauci if he would agree to sit for hearings and appear before Congress after he steps down if Republicans were to make such a request.

Fauci said he would “certainly” consider the request.

“But you’ve got to remember, I believe oversight is a very important part of government structure and I welcome it and can be productive. But what has happened up to now is more of a character assassination than it is oversight,” he said.

“So sure, I’d be happy to cooperate so long as we make it something that is a dignified oversight, which it should be, and not just bringing up ridiculous things and attacking my character. That’s not oversight.”