The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is withholding records related to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s employment, including all copies of his job contracts.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Fauci’s job descriptions and job contracts, the NIH provided a brief job description and a longer, outdated version. But the agency ignored the request for the contracts.
Karen Lampe, with the NIH’s Freedom of Information Office, has refused to acknowledge a failure to process the request properly. The NIH’s Office of the Director declined to provide a comment by deadline. Fauci and his agency didn’t return requests for comment.
“Dr. Fauci is untouchable, he’s protected, and essentially unreviewable even by his own employer, the National Institutes of Health,” Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of OpenTheBooks.com, told The Epoch Times in an email. “The Fauci employment contract is so sensitive that the agency is violating FOIA statutes and using expensive taxpayer-funded litigation to withhold it from the American people.”
Andrzejewski’s group discovered that Fauci is the highest-paid government employee and uncovered some documentation as to why that is the case.
Fauci was appointed under Title 42 in 2000, enabling him to make more money, the NIH has confirmed.
Fauci was appointed as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, in 1984.
A document from 2004 showed Dr. Raynard Kington, at the time the agency’s deputy director, calling for the pay adjustment to be made permanent because Fauci “continues to be routinely sought by academia and private industry,” with offered compensation levels “well above his current salary of [redacted].”
OpenTheBooks.com and Judicial Watch are locked in litigation with the NIH over the agency’s slow-walking of Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to Fauci, including for his job contracts. The NIH has agreed to produce 300 pages a month to the plaintiffs, but decided to produce the documents related to Fauci last. That production won’t start until November.