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GOP Senator Marshall Who Fauci Called a ‘Moron’ Gets the Last Laugh, Is Set to Introduce the ‘FAUCI Act’

Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published January 14, 2022

A Republican senator from Kansas is taking aim at the secrecy surrounding the financial records of White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, which despite Fauci’s claims to the contrary remain largely hidden from public view.

GOP Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas will introduce the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals Act, or FAUCI Act, due to his concerns about the lack of transparency regarding Fauci’s records, according to The Hill.

The FAUCI Act would require the Office of Government Ethics website to list the pay and perks for administration officials such as Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The agency also would be required to provide a list of those paid by the government whose financial records are not public.

The proposed legislation is an outgrowth of Marshall’s clash with Fauci during a Senate hearing Tuesday in which Marshall criticized both Fauci’s $434,000 salary and the billions of dollars in federal research grants his agency awards with little fanfare or scrutiny, according to Politico.

“As the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?” Marshall asked, noting that federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky discloses her investments, as do members of Congress.

“All you have to do is ask for it,” Fauci said. “You’re so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.”

Marshall said Fauci has inside knowledge that could benefit the doctor.

“There’s an air of appearance that maybe some shenanigans are going on,” Marshall said, adding that he believes such “is not the case.”

Fauci said the information Marshall seeks “is totally accessible to you if you want it.”

“We look forward to reviewing it,” Marshall said as Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, cut off the exchange between Marshall and Fauci.

Then came the hot-mic comment that raised Marshall’s ire.

“What a moron,” Fauci said softly, according to multiple outlets. “Jesus Christ.”

Marshall later issued a statement.

“Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts,” Marshall said.

Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Ian Sams then criticized Marshall for criticizing Fauci, according to Politico.

“At a time when America is seeing rising COVID cases,” Sams said, “it’s disappointing and frankly unacceptable that Republican Senators chose to spend a hearing with the country’s leading public health experts spreading conspiracy theories and lies about Dr. Fauci, rather than how we protect people from COVID-19.”

Forbes contributor Andrew Andrzejewski investigated Fauci’s claims and said that as with many things related to the doctor, what Fauci said is neither total fiction nor the full truth.

Andrzejewski said existing public records available online do not show Fauci’s pay for any time since the 2020 federal fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2020.

“It’s not public what stocks and bonds Dr. Fauci bought and sold in 2020 or 2021, as he influenced Covid policies,” Andrzejewski  wrote.

“It’s not public what Fauci received – or didn’t receive – in royalties. (There are up to 1,000 current and former NIH scientists receiving royalties.) Each payment could be a potential conflict of interest.

“Yes, all this information resides with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but isn’t ‘public knowledge,’ despite Dr. Fauci’s claims otherwise.”

Andrzejewski noted that vast amounts of information on Fauci – about 1,200 pages — remain in the hands of the National Institutes of Health despite a Freedom of Information proceeding by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch to kick loose the facts.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Liz Cheney Using Jan. 6 Committee To Attack Those Working to Unseat Her

Jonathan Davis
January 12, 2022

Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican and vehement critic of Donald Trump who has been targeted for a primary challenge by a Trump-backed candidate, is using her position as co-chair of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 to go after political opponents trying to unseat her, according to a report.

The Federalist noted on Wednesday that earlier this week, the committee, which was hand-picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) revealed subpoenas for three advisers to the Trump family: Andrew Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, both of whom have advised Donald Trump Jr., and Ross Worthington, who helped craft Trump’s Jan. 6 speech.

All have been called on to provide the committee with requested documents and to give testimony between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.

“The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved with the rally at the Ellipse,” Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., noted in a statement. “Protestors became rioters who carried out a violent attempt to derail the peaceful transfer of power. We have reason to believe the individuals we’ve subpoenaed today have relevant information.”

Noted The Federalist:

Except Surabian, who is advising the Wyoming Values Political Action Committee (PAC) in support of Cheney’s primary challenger attorney Harriet Hageman, had no involvement with the White House protest that the probe has sought to conflate with the violence at the Capitol.

“During the time period that the rally was being organized, Mr. Surabian was overseeing a Super PAC in support of Republican Senate candidates in Georgia,” Surabian attorney Daniel Bean said in a statement.

“Mr. Surabian is a close friend to Donald Trump Jr. and is running a Super PAC that opposes the reelection of one of the members of the committee. Accordingly, we believe this is nothing more than harassment of the Committee’s political opponents and is un-American to the core.”

The outlet continues:

Cheney faces a competitive primary for a fourth term as one of the most unpopular Republicans in the country. Out of three surveys conducted since Cheney’s escalated feud in the election’s aftermath, Cheney failed to land more than 25 percent support among likely primary voters, far short of the 40 percent vote share she earned in her first 2016 House primary. 

Running again [in] a state Trump won by a higher margin than anywhere else in the country just more than a year ago, Wyoming Republicans soured on the lawmaker after the then-House GOP Conference chair joined Democrats in their snap-impeachment of the outgoing president. Nine Republicans ultimately joined Cheney in her vote to convict, several of whom already announced their intent to do so calling into question the influence of her highly publicized stunt.

In August, several Wyoming county Republican Party organizations censured Cheney.

“In the immortal words of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump …’You’re Fired!’” said letters sent recently to Cheney from GOP officials in Park and Carbon counties.

The following month, Trump came out and formally endorsed one of her primary challengers, Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, whom he said “is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican” Cheney.

“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” Trump continued.

“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up),” he added.

“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” the former president concluded.