Fauci Claims He Doesn’t Care About Republican Plans to Investigate Him

Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci made nationwide headlines when he announced he’ll be stepping down from his work for the federal government in December. Previously, the COVID-19 White House adviser said he’d go into retirement after Joe Biden’s presidential term ends.

With a major move-up in Fauci’s upcoming departure, speculations as to the reason why quickly began. Many conservatives suggested that Fauci is trying to dodge likely investigations from Republicans, should they win the midterms.

GOP officials have warned that whether Fauci retires in December or not, they will still investigate his oversight of COVID-19. Earlier this week, the medical official claimed he’s not worried either way.

Fauci on Likely Investigations From Republican Lawmakers
During an interview on Tuesday, Fauci claimed he’s not “fazed” by Republicans promising to investigate him.

Per the COVID-19 adviser, this was a non-factor in his decision to retire in December 2022. Fauci told CNN that he’s not hiding anything and he’s very capable of defending his oversight since COVID-19 emerged.

When Fauci was asked if he’d be willing to provide congressional testimony, he claimed he would be. However, the medical official then accused his critics of so-called “character assassination” that he deems doesn’t fall under the umbrella of proper leadership.

Much of the conservative movement has expressed support for Fauci coming under congressional investigation after the GOP wins the midterms. Democrats, on the other hand, argue that talk about investigating Fauci is a witch hunt designed to unfairly crucify him.

General Controversy With Fauci’s Handling of COVID-19
In 2020 and 2021, Fauci came under fire for changing his recommendations on COVID-19 more than once.

He went from saying no one should wear face masks to advocating for mask mandates and double masking.

Fauci also recommended that young children take COVID-19 booster shots. Yet, when Sen. Rand Paul challenged Fauci over this, the latter admitted there wasn’t any data showing these boosters would lower kids’ chances of serious COVID-19 infection or death.

During previous congressional testimonies from Fauci, questions have arisen about whether he lied regarding US taxpayers funding gain-of-function research.

Ultimately, Republican lawmakers are interested in ensuring the nation has full transparency and an understanding of how COVID-19 was handled.