Dr. Anthony Fauci has tried desperately to squash any suggestions that his decision to depart from his role in government has something to do with Republicans regaining power in Congress and potentially investigating him – claiming he has “nothing to hide.”
Fauci spoke with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto over the matter and Cavuto pressed Fauci, “Why now, doctor? Why are you leaving now?”
“Well, you know, Neil, there’s no really very good time to leave; I’ve been thinking about leavIng now for quite a while,” Fauci began. “I was going to step down ’cause I wanted to while I was still healthy and vigorous and energetic and passionate about what I was doing, to do something outside of the sphere of the federal government.”
Fauci then showed just how inflated his ego is, bragging about the impact he’s had on younger scientists who he has “inspired.”
“Something that had more to do, for example, with giving the young people, the younger generation of scientists, the benefit of my experience, by being out there and trying to inspire them by writing and lecturing and things like that,” the doctor said.
Fauci then claimed that he was originally going to call it quits at the end of the Trump administration but changed his mind because he was “honored” that Biden asked him to stay in the role.
“I was gonna do that about a year-and-a-half ago, but at the end of the Trump administration, when President Biden was elected, before he even was inaugurated, he asked me to be his chief medical advisor. I felt very honored by that offer and I decided to stay a year, thinking, Neil, that COVID would be done with a year from that time. And it turns out that was not the case.”
Fauci added, “And then as we got into 2022, I felt that as we got more and more into this and more and more people vaccinated, we very likely would be approaching a period of equilibrium with the virus where we could actually live with it without it disrupting our social order. And then I felt it was about time and that’s the reason why I made the announcement.”
“And I’m gonna give a bit of a runway, a long runway, until December before I step down but it was the right time, Neil,” Fauci stated. “I had been thinking about it for some time, and I just felt since I still had a lot of energy to do other things, I wanted to give myself that opportunity.”
“So this wasn’t a way to avoid Republican investigations if they take over the House and/or the Senate?” Cavuto finally asked.
“Oh, Neil, not at all,” Fauci declared. “Not even a little bit. I mean, I have nothing to hide, and I can defend everything I’ve done and every decision I’ve made, so I’m not afraid of that at all. That didn’t even come in as a minor consideration.”
Still, some Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (KY) have vowed to hold Fauci accountable for his intentional efforts to mislead the public throughout the COVID pandemic.
“Dr. Fauci misled the American people on public health guidance throughout the pandemic, lied to Congress under oath, and funneled tax dollars to fund dangerous research in communist China. The American people deserve transparency and accountability from the NIH regarding the COVID-19 pandemic regardless of Dr. Fauci’s future employment plans,” Paul said.