Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said he is confident Dr. Anthony Fauci will be “spending a lot of time in front of congressional committees” if Republicans take control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.
Fauci announced Monday that he will step down in December from his positions as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, chief of the NIAID’s Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
“Unless Dr. Fauci, retirement or not, decides to seek asylum in some remote, obscure foreign country whose Powerball jackpot is 287 chickens and a goat, and therefore will not enforce a subpoena from the United States Congress, then Dr. Fauci, retirement or not, is going to be spending a lot of time in front of congressional committees,” Kennedy told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday.
Kennedy noted the public has many questions regarding the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and that “getting answers to those questions from Dr. Fauci and others has been like trying to slam a revolving door.”
“We’re going to ask him questions about gain-of-function research, why he didn’t push back on China’s lies, why he pushed back so hard on the possibility, which we know is now real, that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, why he went along with the greatest … taking of civil liberties of the American people in the history of our country,” Kennedy said.
“We’re going to have a lot of questions,” Kennedy continued. “We are going to subpoena him and expect him to answer. I would not advise Dr. Fauci to put down a nonrefundable deposit on a cruise.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also said he remains committed to an investigation of the origins of COVID-19 despite Fauci’s announced retirement.
“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 tweeted.
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.
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 22, 2022
Fauci’s retirement will mark the end of 38 years of serving as NIAID director, initially taking on the position under former President Ronald Reagan, according to the National Institutes of Health.