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GOP demand Fauci APOLOGIZE for calling Senator Roger Marshall a ‘moron’


Anthony Fauci must apologize for calling a Republican senator a ‘moron’, a group of GOP congressmen have said – accusing him of spreading divisiveness and calling his hot mic moment ‘just the latest example of his tragic failure to lead.’

Fauci, the nation’s top public health expert, clashed last week with Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas after Marshall repeatedly asked him about his financial disclosures.

Fauci, 80, has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is the highest-paid federal employee in the country, making $434,312 a year as head of the NIAID.

President Joe Biden‘s salary is $400,000. 

When he retires, Fauci’s pension will be the largest in US history, exceeding $350,000 per year.

Marshall wanted to see Fauci’s financial information; Fauci told him the documents were public.

Fauci was grilled by Roger Marshall, a Republican senator for Kansas, over his financial disclosures

Dr Anthony Fauci (left) is seen on January 11, during a heated Congressional hearing, holding up a screenshot from Rand Paul’s website where he fundraises by getting supporters to pay to donate to his ‘Fire Dr Fauci’ campaign. He also got into a debate with Roger Marshall (right)

‘Yes or no, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?’ Marshall asked. ‘Our office cannot find them.’ 

Fauci replied: ‘I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question. 

‘My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been so for the last 37 years or so.’ 

Marshall continued to press him, and Fauci continued to state the documents were public. At the end of the discussion Fauci, believing his microphone to be switched off, muttered in exasperation: ‘What a moron. Jesus Christ.’

On Tuesday, the Republican Doctors’ Caucus wrote to Fauci to demand he apologize. 

‘We, as members of the GOP Doctors’ Caucus, are calling for you to make a public apology to Dr Marshall for your unprofessional comment,’ they wrote.

‘The divisiveness that has occurred during this pandemic should not come from an individual who was selected to lead this nation’s pandemic efforts.’ 

Greg Murphy of North Carolina, vice chair of the caucus, told Fox News that they wrote the letter because they were offended by Fauci’s remarks.

Greg Murphy, a Republican senator for North Carolina, is vice chair of the GOP Doctors' Caucus. He said that Fauci should apologize for calling Roger Marshall a 'moron' last week

Greg Murphy, a Republican senator for North Carolina, is vice chair of the GOP Doctors’ Caucus. He said that Fauci should apologize for calling Roger Marshall a ‘moron’ last week

‘Dr Fauci has forfeited his credibility as a public health expert by placing political science ahead of medical science,’ said Murphy, a practicing surgeon. 

‘Physicians have an obligation to put forward clear, consistent, and well-educated messaging to inform patients and the public. 

‘Instead of fulfilling this responsibility, Dr Fauci has administered confusing and conflicting information in an air of arrogance that has resulted in a marked decrease in the public’s trust.’

Murphy continued: ‘Dr Fauci’s recent denigrating antics in undermining our highly respected colleague, Dr Marshall, is just the latest example of his tragic failure to lead. 

‘We ask that Dr Fauci make a public statement immediately withdrawing his derogatory comments, and reflect on the fact that medical opinions are best achieved through consensus and humility, not arrogant monolithic statements. 

‘Dr Fauci should take stock of how his divisive actions have done our nation more harm than good.’ 

Fauci has not responded to their letter.

Fauci’s finances have become another source of ammunition for his Republican critics. 

The Center for Public Integrity reported that Fauci’s financial statements were indeed public available, but noted obtaining them was a lengthy procedure: they requested the document in May 2020 and not receive it until three months later. 

The publicly available salary information for Fauci shows he earned $3.6 million from 2010 to 2019. 

He will make roughly $2.5 million more for the years 2020 through 2024 if he stays on through Biden’s current term.

Financial records from December 2020 show that the New York-born medical expert has a contributory IRA with $638,519.70 in it, and a brokerage trust account with $2,403,522.28.

All his accounts are with Charles Schwab: the most valuable of the three disclosed being a Schwab One Trust containing $5,295,898.92.

His three accounts have a total of $8,337,940.90.

On Tuesday a watchdog, Open Books, claimed that there remained 1,200 more pages to disclose.

They said the government has said the documents will be published, but owing to a backlog in Freedom of Information Requests they will only be cleared at a rate of 300 pages a month. 

Conservative critics have repeatedly lashed Fauci over COVID 

October 2020:

Donald Trump: ‘People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy, he’s been here for 500 years, he called every one of them wrong. Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb. But there is a bigger bomb if you fire him. But Fauci is a disaster. I mean, this guy, if I listened to him, we would have 500,000 deaths.’

Anthony Fauci: ‘Addressing the virus is the only thing I really care about. That other stuff, it’s like in ‘The Godfather’: Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned. I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country.’

September 2021:

Senator Rand Paul: ‘It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail. I don’t think Biden Department of Justice will do anything with it, but … it is very dangerous to have public officials who we need to have trust incoming and lying to us. But he has lied dozens of times. Usually, he tells us it’s for our own good.’

Anthony Fauci: ‘I’m not obfuscating the truth – you are. You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. I totally resent that. And if anybody is lying here senator, it is you.’

October 2021:

Senator Ted Cruz: ‘In May, Dr. Fauci said, ‘The NIH has not ever and does not now, fund gain-of-function research. But early this month, the NIH contradicted that. It’s a crime to knowingly lie to Congress, so I asked AG Garland if he’d appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Fauci.’

Anthony Fauci: ‘I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, senator?’

December 2021:

Donald Trump Jr: ”Anything that could help more people get vaccinated would be welcome.’ So what then, force people at gunpoint? Don’t allow them to work or get food for their families? This man is a tyrant and a threat to whatever freedom we have left.’

Anthony Fauci: ‘It’s on the table, and we consider it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.’

January 2022:

Anthony Fauci: My financial disclosures are public knowledge, and have been so. You are getting amazingly wrong information.

Senator Roger Marshall: So, what – I cannot find them. Our office cannot find them. Where would they be, if they’re public knowledge?

Fauci: It is totally accessible to you, if you want it.

Marshall: For the public? Is that accessible to the public?

Fauci: To the public. (off mic: ‘What a moron. Jesus Christ.’)

 



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