Republicans are promising to investigate Anthony Fauci after the scientist and longtime bureaucrat announced Monday that he is finally retiring from his work in government.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Fauci’s most well-known sparring partner in Congress, led the way in warning Fauci that he will be held accountable even though he is stepping down, The Daily Wire reported.
Fauci under the gun
In a statement, Fauci said he will leave his post at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which he has led since the Reagan administration, in December. He’s also quitting his post as Joe Biden’s medical adviser.
Still, the ever-ambiguous Fauci added that he is “not retiring” and that he still has work to do “to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders.”
Of course, Fauci’s fangirls in the media responded to the news by dutifully gushing.
But Paul warned that the GOP’s plans to investigate Fauci’s role in COVID’s origins have not changed.
“Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic,” Paul said. “He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak.”
A polarizing figure, Fauci was embraced by many during the pandemic as a benevolent and trustworthy authority, but to many others his constant flip-flops and draconian “public health” decrees were acts of a petty tyrant. He notoriously declared that his critics were against “science.”
Fauci, 81, had hinted at retirement in recent months and lamented that people have become less responsive to his commands.
“It’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen, because even the people who are compliant want this behind them,” he told Politico.
Fauci has also been accused of helping to create the COVID-19 virus through risky “gain-of-function” research with bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China, a charge Fauci vehemently denies. An expose of Fauci’s e-mails showed that he took the possibility of a lab leak seriously despite publicly working to discredit such speculation.