GOP senator targets Fauci with new bill on financial disclosures

Few men in living memory have wielded more power over American life than Dr. Anthony Fauci, the highest paid official in Washington D.C., chief medical adviser to the White House, and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Despite Fauci’s profound influence on the U.S. government’s coronavirus response, little has been known about the top scientist’s financial investments since the pandemic began. Now, one Republican senator is hoping to change that.

According to Fox News, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) is introducing a bill, called the FAUCI Act, that would require the government to publicly disclose the financial information of officials like Fauci, who previously called Marshall a “moron” for asking about his stock trades.

Awaiting the truth

When confronted during a committee hearing, Fauci insisted that his information was public and then muttered under his breath — though still caught on a hot mic — that Marshall was a “moron,” adding, “Jesus Christ!”

Contrary to Fauci’s claims, the public still does not know anything about his stock trades since the start of the pandemic, Forbes reports.

His exact salary over the last couple of years is also unknown, as is information about possible royalty payments. His most recent disclosure, from 2019, is said to have contained significant redactions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been reluctant to release around 1,200 pages of Fauci’s disclosures, Forbes says, including information about potential conflicts of interest, and won’t start sharing anything until Feb. 1.

Rather than require the public to go through the tortuous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, Marshall’s bill would force the Office of Government and Ethics to share Fauci’s information upfront on its website, according to the Washington Examiner. The bill would also require a list of confidential filers whose disclosures are not public, Fox notes.

Unaccountable bureaucrat

As the name of Marshall’s bill — the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act — indicates, Fauci is no ordinary government official. His salary of $434,000 is the highest of any government official including the president, and he will receive the largest pension in federal government history — whenever Fauci decides he is bored with barking orders at the public on cable news.

Indeed, Fauci has little to fear from a national media that has consistently portrayed him as a benevolent public servant, and he has virtually bulletproof job security, unlike the many Americans whose livelihoods Fauci has jeopardized with his push for lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

In a Fox News interview, Marshall questioned whether Fauci’s aggressive advocacy of “vaccine-only” policy had anything to do with undisclosed financial stakes. “It would be good to know if he has invested in the companies that make the vaccines or masks,” Marshall tweeted. Indeed, it would.

But Fauci, an unelected bureaucrat, has shown little tolerance for scrutiny — dismissing criticism of him as attacks on “science.” For those with the will, holding Fauci accountable will be like pulling teeth.

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