Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) has locked horns with Dr. Anthony Fauci throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and in a recent interview on the Ron Paul Liberty Report last week, announced his belief that if his party takes control of either legislative chamber in November, the controversial infectious disease expert will retire.
The lawmaker’s father and host of the program, former Rep. Ron Paul, asked his son very specifically what role he believes Fauci’s standing among voters will play in the all-important midterm elections in 2022, as Breitbart noted.
Rand Paul responded by saying that the electorate’s assessment of Fauci’s performance will be “huge,” and he emphasized that under what he expects to be Republican control, he will serve as “chairman of a committee in the Senate.”
As such, the senator vowed, “We will use the subpoena power to bring forth all the records. Right now they send us records – if we ask about their decisions, covering up where the virus came from, its origins in the lab – they white it all out, they redact all the information and send us a blank piece of paper and they won’t tell us about their conversations.”
Assuring Americans that those practices will not be allowed to continue, Rand Paul declared, “We’ll get to the root of everything.”
Paul, himself a medical doctor, went on to suggest that the very specter of that type of all-encompassing probe into everything that has occurred at the federal level since the coronavirus crisis began would almost certainly bring Fauci’s career to a voluntary end.
“I predict this,” said the senator, “If Republicans take over either the House or the Senate, Fauci will retire. And that would be the best thing for the country because he’s been so damaging.”
If Paul’s prediction comes true, and the GOP reclaims control of one or both chambers, nobody should shed any tears for Dr. Fauci, considering that according to a recent Forbes estimate, he stands to receive the largest federal government retirement package ever paid, an amount likely in excess of a staggering $350,000 per year.
Whether he retires or not, it is well past time for Fauci to start answering some hard questions not just about the origins of COVID-19, but also about the mind-boggling flip-flops, contradictory edicts, and authoritarian overreach that have characterized the federal response on his watch.