On Tuesday, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) was involved in a sparring match with Dr. Anthony Fauci during which Fauci was caught on a hot mic insulting the senator, calling him a “moron.”
Not only was that completely unprofessional, but Fauci tried to deflect from the new allegations that contradicted Fauci’s claims regarding gain of function research and made comments about his financial disclosures that Marshall is now alleging were misleading.
When Marshall asked about Fauci’s financial disclosures, Fauci claimed they were all easily publicly available online. They were not. But according to Marshall, while the records can be requested from NIH, they weren’t in the same database as records of other federal officials.
In a statement, Marshall excoriated Fauci:
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Fauci is “more concerned with being a media star and posing for the cover of magazines than he is being honest with the American people and holding China accountable for the COVID pandemic that has taken the lives of almost 850 thousand Americans,” Marshall told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“Just like he has misled the American people about sending taxpayers dollars to Wuhan, China, to fund gain-of-function research, about masks, testing, and more, Dr. Fauci was completely dishonest about his financial disclosures being open to the public — it’s no wonder he is the least trusted bureaucrat in America,” Marshall continued.
“At the end of the day, Dr. Fauci must be held accountable to all Americans who have been suing and requesting for this information but don’t have the power of a Senate office to ask for it,” the Kansas Republican said, adding that for “these reasons” he is planning on “introducing the FAUCI Act so financial disclosures like these are made public and are easily accessible online to every American.”
While there had been some information previously obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, that took months to get after being requested from the NIH and contained a lot of redactions. It’s not clear why it had redactions. As we noted, OpenTheBooks is presently suing to get more Fauci records including on his salary, stock, bond purchases, and royalty payments.
We’ll be sifting through them but the initial review shows that he has millions in investments between himself and his wife.
He’s already the highest-paid federal employee and he’s going to have a whopper of a retirement package — if he ever retires.
He was the single highest-paid federal employee for the second consecutive year in 2021, earning more than President Joe Biden, four-star generals and roughly 4.3 million other government workers. As director of the NIAID, Fauci earned $434,312 in 2020, the latest year available, up from $417,608 in 2019 and $399,625 in 2018.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says federal employees with Fauci’s length of service can retire to earn 80% percent of their highest 3-year average salary, plus credit for their sick leave. While admitting his (as yet unavailable) 2021 and 2022 salaries are likely higher, using his 2018-2020 salaries, Forbes auditors calculated that if he’d retired at the end of FY 2020, he’d receive a federal pension of $333,745 a year, plus cost-of-living increases.
We’ll have to see if OpenTheBooks and Judicial Watch come up with anything more.