Republicans Vow To Investigate Fauci, Despite His Suspicious Retirement

( Dr. Anthony Fauci announced this week that he would step down in December from his post as President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser and as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after spending 38 years in that latter role.

But, the fact that he’s stepping away from public life won’t stop Republicans from investigating him if they regain control of one or both chambers of Congress following the midterm elections in November.

Some Republicans say they plan to take a good look at Fauci and what role he may have played in “gain of function research” that could have led to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

In a tweet issued on Monday, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote:

“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.”

Paul has been a consistent critic of Fauci for a while now. He is adamant that it’s possible that the coronavirus did not initially jump from animals to humans but that it could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, that was conducting research on infectious diseases. The NIAID provided funding to that lab.

Earlier this week, Paul commented to reporters on his stance, saying:

“I think most of the mainstream media has kept off of the airwaves a discussion of gain-of-function research or the origins of the virus, but we will get to the bottom of this.

“it’s going to take control of committees. I’ve talked to [Republican Representative] Jim Jordan and others about investigating this. I think there’s a great deal of interest in investigating the origins of the virus. I’m very interested in it, but it depends on elections. Elections have consequences. We’ll have to see what happens in November.”

What Paul is referring to is the fact that the controlling party of each chamber of Congress names the chairs of all its main investigating committees. Because of that, the majority party also essentially has complete control over what investigations are conducted, and which ones fall by the wayside.

Democrats currently have the majority in both chambers of Congress, but only slightly. They hold a technical majority in the Senate, where there is a 50-50 split between liberals and conservatives. Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tiebreaking vote there, which gives Democrats the technical control.

In the House, Democrats have a majority as well, but not by much. And Republicans are projected to gain multiple seats on Democrats in both chambers following the midterm elections, thanks in large part to Biden’s poor performance in his first two years in office.

Should Republicans regain the majority in either or both chamber, people like Fauci and topics like the origins of the pandemic are likely to be officially investigated.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy already promised as much should his party retake control — and he become Speaker of the House. And Paul basically did the same earlier this week should the GOP retake the majority in the Senate.