Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) is calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired after hundreds of pages of the health official’s emails, published earlier this week in reports from The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News, shed light on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in its earliest days.
According to Breitbart, the Kentucky senator called in a tweet for Fauci — a top adviser to the White House on COVID-19 and the long-standing head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — to face termination over a series of controversial messages, including one that reportedly suggested the “typical mask you buy at the drugstore is not really effective in keeping out virus.”
Paul has frequently sparred with Fauci at hearings in Congress, and in a pair of tweets Wednesday, he didn’t hold back from doubling down.
The senator also predicted that mainstream journalists would try to “spin” the content of Fauci’s emails, which were published after the Post and BuzzFeed won lawsuits to obtain the records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 2, 2021
As Breitbart notes, the contents of Fauci’s newly released emails as outlined by BuzzFeed and The Washington Post paint a picture of a health official who sought to get “cozy” with the likes of Chinese scientists and even Silicon Valley moguls.
According to the Post, Fauci fought hard “to maintain ties with [George] Gao, a well-regarded Chinese scientific leader — and Gao with him.”
Emails shared by BuzzFeed also show Fauci agreed to meet virtually with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to help the social media platform launch a so-called “Coronavirus Information Hub.” Fauci was reportedly set to appear in a video where he would “answer people’s top questions” and help “get authoritative information out” to Facebook users about COVID-19.
15 minutes of fame
Fauci was also reportedly disillusioned by his sudden fame amid the pandemic, calling it “truly surrealistic” in one email shared by the Post.
“Hopefully, this all stops soon,” he added, according to the Post. In another email, the health official said of the situation: “It is not at all pleasant, that is for sure.”
There is some good news for the NIAID chief, though: If Paul and others who want him out get their way, Fauci may soon find that his 15 minutes of fame are up.