Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases (NIAID) chief Dr. Anthony Fauci has received widespread acclaim from Democrats along with much of the mainstream media.
Republicans have taken a different stance toward the longtime White House adviser, however, with some even suggesting that he should be prosecuted. Now, one congressional Republican is promising to make it happen.
The Washington Examiner reports that North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) made an appearance on Jenna Ellis’ Just the Truth podcast last week during which he promised to go after Fauci if his party wins in next year’s midterm elections.
“I’ll tell you, when we take the majority back in 2022, I’ll make sure consequences are doled out,” Cawthorn declared Wednesday, according to the Examiner.
Cawthorn: Fauci’s “a punk”
The first-term congressman went on to insist that “Dr. Anthony Fauci does not deserve either fame or fortune.”
“We want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law, and I’ll tell you, to lie to the American people just to get your name in the news, just to get your face on the cover of books, just to get fame and fortune,” he said.
“I normally have a great amount of respect for the people who work here on Capitol Hill, knowing that although we have different ideas on how to accomplish it, we are all trying to work for the betterment of the American people,” Cawthorn explained. “I will tell you right now, that is not the case with Anthony Fauci.”
The Republican House member went on to accuse Fauci of being “a punk who is trying to further his own career and make himself wealthy and famous.”
Rand Paul backs prosecution effort
Cawthorn’s statements came after a widely publicized confrontation last week between Fauci and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) over whether the National Institutes of Health, which includes the NIAID, had funded gain of function research in China, a charge that Fauci has consistently denied.
Paul later discussed the incident with Fox News host Sean Hannity, who asked, “Is it your belief based on the evidence, senator, that he lied before Congress and broke the law?”
“Yes,” the GOP senator replied, according to The Hill, “and I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he has lied to Congress.”
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