Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told The Hill on Monday that if the GOP takes over the House or Senate after the 2022 midterms, Fauci could be investigated when Republicans take control of committees. Some Republicans including Paul have said that Fauci has been publicly misleading on the origins of COVID-19 and have also accused him of supporting mandates that they have described as draconian.
“One way or another, if we are in the majority, we will subpoena his records and he will testify in the Senate under oath,” Paul said.
In response to Paul’s statement, CNN’s John Berman asked Fauci on Tuesday morning: “Your reaction to Rand Paul and others saying they’re going to investigate you if they take office?”
Fauci initially said that “there’s no reason to do that” but stressed that “if they want to, go ahead.” He added, “My records are an open book. They are talking about things that are really bizarre, John, like crimes against democracy by shutting down the government.”
“All I have ever done, and go back and look at everything I’ve ever done, was to recommend commonsense, good, CDC-recommended public health policies that have saved millions of lives. If you want to investigate me for that, go ahead,” Fauci said.
Namely, Paul and other Republicans have questioned Fauci over the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19 and the gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fauci’s parent organization, ultimately conceded that it provided funding to third-party groups to perform gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab
The Epoch Times for months has tried to obtain several of Fauci’s records via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, including his employment contract. According to watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, Fauci is among the highest-paid government employees.