Republicans on Fauci Retirement: ‘This Guy Is a Coward,’ But He’ll Be Held Accountable ‘Even After He Steps Down’

Craig Bannister | August 23, 2022 | 10:12am EDT
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On Monday, President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci announced he’ll be retiring from government service in December, but Republicans vow that won’t stop them from investigating him for any misdeeds concerning the COVID pandemic, if they take control of Congress in November.

“This guy is a coward,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) tweeted Monday, reacting to Fauci’s announcement:

“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. This guy is a coward.”

Other Republican leaders in both the House and Senate echoed Rep. Biggs, promising that retirement won’t shield Fauci from Congressional investigation and being held accountable for any COVID-related wrongdoing:

  • “Make no mistake, my colleagues and I will hold Dr. Fauci accountable whether or not he remains in public office.” - Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)
  • “In January, a GOP Congress should hold Fauci fully accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath. Never in our nation’s history has one arrogant bureaucrat destroyed more people’s lives.” – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  • "He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak." - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • “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.” - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • "Retirement can’t shield Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight. "The American people deserve transparency and accountability about how government officials used their taxpayer dollars, and [House Oversight Republicans] will deliver " - House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.)
  • "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." - Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.)
  • "So Dr. Fauci is stepping down in December. 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. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

In addition to retiring from his position as Biden's chief medical director, Fauci will also be leaving his posts as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation.

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