Home GOP vows to carry Fauci ‘accountable’ as NIAID chief steps down

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Whereas President Biden praised Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday following the announcement Fauci was stepping down as director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments (NIAID), Home Republicans vowed to make the White Home chief medical adviser reply for what they referred to as a “disastrous tenure.” 

On Monday, Fauci introduced he could be leaving each the Nationwide Institutes of Well being and the Biden administration to “pursue the subsequent chapter” in his profession. 

“Whereas I’m shifting on from my present positions, I’m not retiring,” he stated. “After greater than 50 years of presidency service, I plan to pursue the subsequent part of my profession whereas I nonetheless have a lot vitality and fervour for my subject.”

Fauci, 81, had served as a prime infectious illnesses professional underneath seven US presidents however was largely unknown till the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020. He has since come underneath fireplace after the NIH admitted final 12 months it had funded so-called “gain-of-function” analysis at a lab in Wuhan, China, the place the virus first emerged.

Dr. Anthony Fauci introduced that he’ll retire from his position as director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments.
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Fauci, who repeatedly denied that such analysis befell, was accused of mendacity by his GOP critics, most notably Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The medical adviser has additionally been criticized for downplaying the origins of COVID-19, regardless of having been warned early on that the virus might have been “engineered.” 

“Fauci’s resignation won’t forestall a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic,” Paul wrote on Twitter Monday. “He shall be requested to testify underneath oath concerning any discussions he participated in regarding the lab leak.” “

In January, a GOP Congress ought to maintain Fauci absolutely accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of energy, and a number of lies underneath oath,” chimed in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has additionally accused Fauci of mendacity earlier than Congress. “By no means in our nation’s historical past has one boastful bureaucrat destroyed extra folks’s lives.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) greeted Fauci’s retirement by saying “good riddance.”

“Whereas it’s handy that his retirement will come only one month earlier than Home Republicans can launch a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19,” he stated, “it’s previous time to get political ideology out of immunology. The trail to restoring the general public’s belief in our authorities’s public well being steerage begins the day he retires.”

“Whereas I’m certain your retirement will comprise maskless baseball video games, extra picture shoots, a Netflix documentary, & most likely a contributorship on CNN — retirement from the govt.’ does NOT imply you’ll get off scot-free,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) tweeted. “The @HouseGOP has A LOT of questions, be able to reply them.”

“Dr. Fauci is conveniently resigning from his place in December earlier than Home Republicans have a chance to carry him accountable for destroying our nation over these previous three years,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs wrote. “This man is a coward.”

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs' twitter account.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs shares his ideas on Dr. Fauci retiring on Twitter.
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“Make no mistake, my colleagues and I’ll maintain Dr. Fauci accountable whether or not or not he stays in public workplace,” Biggs added in a second submit

“So Dr. Fauci is stepping down in December,” tweeted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “That received’t cease a Republican Congress from telling the reality about his disastrous tenure and holding him accountable for the errors he made and the lies he informed.”

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) additionally chimed in, saying, “Republicans should stay dedicated to holding Fauci accountable even after he steps down to verify nobody in his place ever abuses the general public belief once more.”

“Retirement can’t defend Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight,” Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the highest Republican on the Home Oversight Committee, stated Monday. “The American folks deserve transparency and accountability about how authorities officers used their taxpayer {dollars}, and @GOPoversight will ship.”

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs speaking to a crowd.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his selections in the course of the pandemic.
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“The American folks deserve transparency and accountability about how authorities officers used their taxpayer {dollars}, and @GOPoversight will ship.”

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) echoed that sentiment, tweeting, “Retirement can’t save Dr. Fauci from Congressional investigation.”

In the meantime, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) used Fauci’s personal phrases when reflecting on his announcement, writing, “Dr. Fauci’s ‘subsequent chapter’ will contain testifying earlier than the Home Oversight Committee.”

One other Texas Republican, Rep. Troy Nehls, urged the physician to “protect” his information, indicating {that a} Republican Home majority would instantly name Fauci as much as Capitol Hill starting subsequent 12 months. 

Rep. James Comer's twitter account.
Rep. James Comer tweets his ideas on what he believes the American folks want.
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“Protect your information and don’t delete any emails. A time of reckoning will come,” the Texas lawmaker wrote. “We are going to see you in January.”

“Wonderful. He’ll have an open schedule when a Republican majority subpoenas him in January,” Rep. Man Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) agreed. 

Florida Republican Daniel Webster additionally referred to as for accountability, tweeting, “When Republicans achieve majority, we are going to use our constitutional oversight authority to carry the Biden Administration, together with Dr. Fauci, accountable.”

Different Republican lawmakers had been extra succinct of their reactions. 

Rep. James Comer says he will hold Dr. Fauci accountable.
Rep. James Comer says he’ll maintain Dr. Fauci accountable following his announcement to retire.
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“Bye! Can’t wait to have you ever again on Capitol Hill for an investigation,” Tennessee Rep. Mark Inexperienced stated.

“Fauci simply introduced he’s resigning. It’s about dang time!” tweeted Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Ala.) “I referred to as for his speedy elimination final summer season, and I’ve additionally launched a invoice to strip him of his pension since he LIED to the American folks. We are going to maintain him accountable!”

“It’s GREAT to listen to that Fauci goes to be DONE in authorities, however make no mistake: that is FAR from over! The @HouseGOP can and MUST proceed with plans to research him subsequent 12 months,” Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas wrote. “Individuals need Fauci to reply for his lies UNDER OATH!”” 

Fauci isn’t getting off that simply!! When Republicans take the bulk, Fauci must be able to obtain a SUBPOENA! You CANNOT mislead Congress and the American folks with out consequence,” Jackson added in one other submit. “We are going to maintain this FRAUD accountable!”




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