House GOP pledges to hold Fauci ‘accountable’ after resignation

As President Biden congratulated Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday following the announcement that Fauci was stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), House Republicans vowed to have the adviser respond. White House Chief Medical Officer of what they called a “disastrous warrant.

On Monday, Fauci announced he would be leaving both the National Institutes of Health and the Biden administration to “pursue the next chapter” of his career.

“Although I am leaving my current positions, I am not retiring,” he said. “After more than 50 years of government service, I intend to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field.”

Fauci, 81, had been one of the top infectious disease experts under seven US presidents, but was largely unknown until the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020. He has since come under fire after the NIH admitted the last year he funded so-called “gain-of-function research” at a lab in Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced he will step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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Fauci, who has repeatedly denied such research took place, has been accused of lying by his GOP critics, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The medical adviser has also been criticized for downplaying the origins of COVID-19, despite being warned from the start that the virus could have been ‘manufactured’.

“Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a thorough investigation into the origins of the pandemic”, Paul wrote on Twitter on Monday. “He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he has been involved in regarding the lab leak.” “

In January, a GOP convention is expected to hold Fauci fully accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath,” rang Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who also accused Fauci of lying to Congress. “Never in the history of our nation has a single arrogant bureaucrat destroyed more people’s lives.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) hailed Fauci’s retirement, saying “good riddance.”

“While it’s convenient that his retirement comes just a month before House Republicans can launch a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19,” he said, “it’s high time to get out the political ideology of immunology The road to restoring public confidence in our government’s public health directions begins the day he retires.

“While I’m sure your retirement will include maskless baseball games, more photo ops, a Netflix documentary and probably a CNN contribution – government retirement does NOT mean you’ll get away with scot-free,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) tweeted. “The @HouseGOP has a LOT of questions, be prepared to answer them.”

“Dr. Fauci is conveniently stepping down from his post in December before House Republicans have a chance to hold him accountable for the destruction of our country over the past three years,” said Andy Biggs, Rep. arizona. wrote. “This guy is a coward.”

Twitter account of Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs shares his thoughts on Dr. Fauci’s retirement on Twitter.
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“Make no mistake, my colleagues and I will hold Dr. Fauci accountable whether or not he remains in public service,” Biggs said. added in a second post.

“So Dr. Fauci resigns in December,” tweeted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California). “It won’t stop a Republican Congress from telling the truth about its disastrous tenure and holding it accountable for the mistakes it made and the lies it told.”

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) also chimed in, saying“Republicans must remain committed to holding Fauci accountable even after his resignation to ensure that no one in his position ever abuses the public trust again.”

“Retirement can’t protect Dr. Fauci from congressional scrutiny,” Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday. “The American people deserve transparency and accountability on how government officials have used taxpayer dollars, and @GOPoversight will deliver that.”

Andy Biggs, representing Arizona, addressing a crowd.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs has criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his decisions during the pandemic.
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“The American people deserve transparency and accountability on how government officials have used taxpayer dollars, and @GOPoversight will deliver that.”

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) echoed that sentiment, tweeting, “Retirement can’t save Dr. Fauci from congressional investigation.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) used Fauci’s own words when reflecting on her announcement, writing“Dr. Fauci’s ‘next chapter’ will involve testifying before the House Oversight Committee.”

Another Texas Republican, Rep. Troy Nehls, urged the doctor to “preserve” his records, saying a Republican majority would immediately call Fauci to Capitol Hill starting next year.

Representative James Comer's Twitter account.
Representative James Comer tweets his thoughts on what he thinks the American people need.
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“Preserve your records and don’t delete any emails. The time for reckoning will come,” said the Texas legislator. wrote. “We’ll see you in January.”

“Excellent. He will have an open schedule when a Republican majority assigns him in January,” agreed Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.).

Florida Republican Daniel Webster also called for accountability, tweeting, “When Republicans win a majority, we will use our constitutional oversight authority to hold the Biden administration, including Dr. Fauci, accountable.

Other Republican lawmakers were more succinct in their reactions.

Rep. James Comer says he will hold Dr. Fauci accountable.
Rep. James Comer says he will hold Dr. Fauci accountable after he announces his retirement.
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“Goodbye! I look forward to seeing you back on Capitol Hill for an investigation,” Tennessee Rep. Mark Green said. said.

“Fauci just announced that he is stepping down. It’s about time! tweeted Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Ala.) “I called for his immediate removal last summer, and also introduced a bill to strip him of his pension since he lied to the American people. We will hold him accountable!”

“It’s great to hear that Fauci is going to be DONE in government, but make no mistake: it’s far from over! The @HouseGOP can and MUST continue with plans to investigate him next year” , said Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas. wrote. “Americans want Fauci to answer for his lies UNDER OATH! »

Fauci doesn’t get off so easily!! When the Republicans take the majority, Fauci should be ready to receive a subpoena! You CANNOT lie to Congress and the American people without consequence,” Jackson added in another post. “We will hold this FRAUD accountable!”

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