WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci was caught on a hot mic calling Sen. Roger Marshall, (R-Kan.) a “moron” after he was asked about his financial disclosures.
The Daily Caller reports:
Marshall … questioned Fauci as to whether Fauci should have a publicly available financial disclosure form like other witnesses. Fauci said his financial disclosures have been public for years as he has been employed at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“My financial disclosures are public knowledge, and have been so. You are getting amazingly wrong information,” Fauci told Marshall, who said his office was unable to find the records.
“Where would they be if they’re public knowledge?” Marshall questioned.
“That is totally accessible to you if want it,” Fauci responded.
“For the public? Is it accessible to the public?” Marshall questioned.
“To the public!” Fauci said. “You are totally incorrect.”
Fauci could then be heard saying “what a moron … Jesus Christ,” as Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) interjected, explaining to Marshall that Fauci had answered him and that he would be “happy” to share his financial disclosures with him.
Here’s the video of Fauci calling Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall a moron after an exchange about Fauci’s financial disclosures. pic.twitter.com/pKHpGQAF6m
— Daniel Desrochers (@drdesrochers) January 11, 2022
Fauci also found himself in yet another heated exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist with whom he often clashes when testifying before the Senate.
Paul insinuated that Fauci has claimed “unilaterally to represent science, and that any criticism of you [Fauci] would be considered a criticism of science itself,” and referred to the tactic as “dangerous.”
Paul continued, “But when the planner is a government official like yourself who rules by mandate, the errors are compounded and become much more harmful. A planner who believes he is The Science leads to an arrogance that justifies in his mind using government resources to smear and to destroy the reputations of other scientists who disagree with him.”
Paul then cited an email exchange between Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, in which they discussed means of discrediting the “fringe” epidemiologists who penned the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration.
“A published takedown doesn’t conjure up the image of a dispassionate scientist. Instead of engaging them on the merits, you and Dr. Collins sought to smear them as fringe and take them down,” Paul noted. “Not in journals, in lay press. This is not only antithetical to the scientific method, it is the epitome of cheap politics and it is reprehensible Dr. Fauci. Do you think it’s appropriate to use your $420,000 salary to attack scientists that disagree with you?”
WATCH: @RandPaul just dropped the hammer on Dr. Fauci.
"Do you think it’s appropriate to use your $420,000 salary to attack scientists that disagree with you?" pic.twitter.com/XUREX7Gqgy
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) January 11, 2022
In addition to accusing Paul of attacking him for political gain, Fauci also baselessly suggested Paul’s rhetoric to be responsible for the death threats he receives. He cited a federal complaint against a California man who was arrested in Iowa after attempting to travel to Washington, D.C. with an AR-15 and multiple rounds of ammunition in his car, allegedly intending to assassinate Fauci and several Democratic politicians.
The Washington Post reports:
“What happens when [Paul] gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue,” Fauci said, “is that all of a sudden that kindles the crazies out there, and I have … threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me.”
Fauci went on to say that some have gone beyond mere harassment. “As some of you may know, just about three or four weeks ago on DDec.21, a person was arrested who was on their way from Sacramento to Washington, D.C., at a speed stop in Iowa,” Fauci said. “And they asked, the police asked him where he was going, and he was going to Washington, D.C., to kill Dr. Fauci.”
Paul, who was present at the 2017 congressional baseball shooting in which House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was nearly killed by a supporter of the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), issued a statement shortly after the hearing.
“I never once accused Senator Sanders of being responsible for the attack and I resent Fauci avoiding the question by ginning up the idea that his opponents are the cause of threats,” stated Paul.
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