House GOP vows to hold Fauci ‘accountable’ after stepping down

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House GOP vows to hold Fauci ‘accountable’ after stepping down

While President Biden praised Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday following the announcement Fauci was stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), House Republicans vowed to make the White House chief medical adviser answer for what they called a “disastrous tenure.” 

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

Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he will retire from his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he will retire from his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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“While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring,” he said. “After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field.”

Fauci, 81, had served as a top infectious diseases expert 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 last year it had funded so-called “gain-of-function” research at a lab in Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged.

Fauci, who repeatedly denied that such research took place, was accused of lying by his GOP critics, most notably Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The medical adviser has also been criticized for downplaying the origins of COVID-19, despite having been warned early on that the virus could have been “engineered.” 

“While I’m sure your retirement will comprise maskless baseball games, more photo shoots, a Netflix documentary, & probably a contributorship on CNN — retirement from the govt’ does NOT mean you’ll get off scot-free,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) tweeted. “The @HouseGOP has A LOT of questions, be ready to answer them.”

“Dr. Fauci is conveniently resigning from his position in December before House Republicans have an opportunity to hold him accountable for destroying our country over these past three years,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs wrote. “This guy is a coward.”

“Make no mistake, my colleagues and I will hold Dr. Fauci accountable whether or not he remains in public office,” Biggs added in a second post

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs' twitter account.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs shares his thoughts on Dr. Fauci retiring on Twitter.
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“So Dr. Fauci is stepping down in December,” tweeted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “That won’t stop a Republican Congress from telling the truth about his disastrous tenure and holding him accountable for the mistakes he made and the lies he told.”

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

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs speaking to a crowd.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his decisions during the pandemic.
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“Retirement can’t shield Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight,” Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday

“The American people deserve transparency and accountability about how government officials used their taxpayer dollars, and @GOPoversight will deliver.”

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

Rep. James Comer's twitter account.
Rep. James Comer tweets his thoughts on what he believes the American people need.
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Meanwhile, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) used Fauci’s own words when reflecting on his 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, indicating that a Republican House majority would immediately call Fauci up to Capitol Hill beginning next year. 

“Preserve your records and don’t delete any emails. A time of reckoning will come,” the Texas lawmaker wrote. “We will see you in January.”

Rep. James Comer says he will hold Dr. Fauci accountable.
Rep. James Comer says he will hold Dr. Fauci accountable following his announcement to retire.
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“Excellent. He’ll have an open schedule when a Republican majority subpoenas him in January,” Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) agreed. 

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

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