Fauci caught on hot mic calling senator a “moron” during heated hearing

As Dr Anthony Fauci testified on the government response to the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, he was taken to the microphone at one point calling a senator a “moron”. The president’s chief medical adviser mumbled to himself after Senator Roger Marshall asked him about his finances.

Marshall said that according to Forbes, Fauci had an annual salary of $ 434,000 in 2020. He asked if Fauci would make his finances public – but as a government employee, Fauci’s financial information is already publicly available.

Fauci, who was testifying alongside the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Janet Woodcock and others, said he did not know why Marshall was asking the question, since his salary was public. for about 37 years and “all you have to do is ask”.

Marshall asked Fauci if he was “prepared to submit to Congress a financial disclosure including your past and current investments.”

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the names, titles and salaries of all civilian government employees are considered public information. Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, assured Marshall his financial records were already publicly available. The law on ethics in government also requires public financial disclosure by senior officials of the US government.

“You are so misinformed, it’s extraordinary,” Fauci told Marshall. “What are you talking about? My financial disclosures are common knowledge and have been. You are getting insanely false information,” Fauci said.

In 2020, Fauci was one of the highest-paid government employees with an annual salary of $ 434,312, according to FederalPay.org, a non-government website. Edward Garay of the Veterans Health Administration was the highest paid, with an annual salary of $ 464,227. Both men are doctors. Fauci has been the director of NIAID since 1984 and has advised all presidents since Ronald Reagan.

When Marshall was cut off and another senator called in to ask questions, Fauci’s microphone caught the expert quietly saying “what a fool.”

“Jesus Christ,” Fauci muttered, seemingly frustrated with Marshall.

The moment with Marshall wasn’t the only tense part of Tuesday’s hearing. Fauci too traded beards with Senator Rand Paul.

Fauci accused Paul of “twisting everything about me” after Kentucky Republican accused Fauci of mounting smear campaign to denounce conservative academics who opposed stop measures in 2020.

Paul used a series of emails sent by Fauci as supposed evidence of the orchestrated effort, but the emails showed that Fauci was sending his colleagues a link to a Wired article that refuted the claims of achievement. “collective immunity. “

Fauci said Paul’s claims had direct effects on his safety. “What happens when [Paul] comes out and accuses me of things that are completely wrong, is that all of a sudden it turns on the crazy out there, and I have … threats on my life, harassment of my family and my kids with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me, “Fauci said. Fauci received threats and was given increased security early in the pandemic.

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