Amid controversy stemming from the recent release of emails sent and received throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently received some particularly harsh criticism from one GOP lawmaker.
According to reports, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) suggested that his party might soon launch an investigation into Fauci for his response to the public health crisis.
“Destroying this country”
Roy’s remarks came during a recent interview focused on the latest allegations against the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
“As a former federal prosecutor, I like to dive into this stuff with that mindset before I make an allegation of criminal activity,” the Texas Republican began. “But here’s what I would say: We know that this arrogant son of a you-know-what has been destroying this country for the better part of 14 months, and the media and social media giants that are putting a two-year ban on [former President Donald Trump], they are now having to back away from all their limitations and restrictions when any of us said, ‘Hey, hold on, this virus very likely came out of a lab in Wuhan, how did it come out of there?'”
Recent revelations have caused many experts to begin considering the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a state-funded Chinese lab even after such speculation was roundly dismissed when it came from Trump and others on the right during the early months of the pandemic.
Adding to the controversy are reports that U.S. taxpayer money went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Roy continued his remarks on the topic by narrowing in on Fauci.
“Wherever it may lead”
“This has been the best example you could have of what happens when you fund federal bureaucrats to go in and make decisions on our behalf and step in with the power that they have,” he declared. “Think about the power of Anthony Fauci and what he’s done: 100,000 businesses closed, destroyed lives, children wearing masks, mental stuff up, people who couldn’t get cancer screenings.”
The congressman blamed Fauci’s desire “to be on the cover of magazines and be in at the cocktail scene circuit in D.C.” for advancing policies that effectively “wrecked” the nation’s economy.
“We’ll go follow the truth wherever it may lead and if that’s criminal investigations, so be it,” Roy concluded.
While it was confirmed that Fauci approved U.S. funding for the Wuhan lab, he denied it was used to support controversial gain-of-function research that might have made COVID-19 more transmissible.
Roy is not alone in demanding answers. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) are among the prominent Republicans who have recently called for Fauci’s resignation.