Dr. Fauci announces plan to resign in December, GOP vow to still investigate and hold him accountable

Congressional Republicans have made it abundantly clear that if and when they regain control of the House and/or Senate, they will launch committee investigations into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and currently the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, over a variety of issues.

Dr. Fauci announced on Monday that he would be resigning from his government positions in December, however, likely to pursue lucrative opportunities in the private sector, the Conservative Brief reported.

It would appear that Fauci’s exit from government service is timed so as to avoid the inevitable GOP-led investigations, but numerous Republicans instantly made it clear that Fauci wouldn’t be able to dodge accountability so easily on issues like his support of restrictive pandemic response measures, his efforts to stymie discussion of COVID-19 leaking from a Chinese lab, and allegations that he has personally profited from the pandemic, among other things.

Fauci to resign in December

NIAID issued a news release Monday in which Dr. Fauci said, “I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.”

He went on to note the “honor” he felt with regard to his near-lifetime of government service and what he had accomplished and dealt with over the decades, and at one point insisted, “While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring,” as he planned to continue working in the public health realm in some form or fashion.

That announcement from Fauci was met by a statement from President Biden in which the president quite predictably sang the praises of the “dedicated public servant” who, in Biden’s view, displayed an unwavering “commitment to the work” that was characterized by his “unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity.”

House GOP will still investigate Fauci

According to The Hill, however, Republicans wasted little time in effectively saying “not so fast” in response to Dr. Fauci’s announced resignation plans, as exemplified by a statement from Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the likely next chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, who said, “Retirement can’t shield Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight.”

“Dr. Fauci lost the trust of the American people when his guidance unnecessarily kept schools closed and businesses shut while obscuring questions about his knowledge on the origins of COVID,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the likely next Speaker, tweeted. “He owes the American people answers. A @HouseGOP majority will hold him accountable.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), said in a statement, “It’s good to know that with his retirement, Dr. Fauci will have ample time to appear before Congress and share under oath what he knew about the Wuhan lab, as well as the ever-changing guidance under his watch that resulted in wrongful mandates being imposed on Americans.”

As to the awfully convenient timing of his resignation in December, House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said, “Dr. Fauci clearly knows the Red Tsunami is coming this November which is why he is retiring before Republicans gain control of the House,” and added that Fauci, “the highest paid US government official who has been in his appointed bureaucratic position since before I was born, is an example of an unelected Washington bureaucrat who was given far too much power throughout his career and caused irreparable harm to the American people.”

Senate GOP will seek accountability, too

Nor were the vows of efforts to hold Dr. Fauci accountable exclusive to House Republicans, as some GOP members of the Senate similarly placed him on notice, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who tweeted, “In January, a GOP Congress should hold Fauci fully accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath. Never in our nation’s history has one arrogant bureaucrat destroyed more people’s lives.”

Finally, there is Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has repeatedly tangled with Fauci during prior committee hearings and wrote on Twitter, “Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak.”

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