Sen. Roger Marshall, a first-time Republican from Kansas, is anticipating a hot-mic moment this week with Dr. Anthony Fauci — Fauci whispered to an aide that Marshall was an idiot — as his support for the bill takes the base. Which would force the publication of the financial records of White House officials.
The bill, specifically titled Financial Accountability for Compensated Persons (FAUCI) Act, would also require the Office of Government Ethics, or OGE, to publish a list of government officials whose financial disclosures are not publicly available, according to several outlets. .
Federal law does not require OGE to post annual reports of qualified officials, including Fauci, on its website, but only to make them available to the public, FactCheck.org noted.
Marshall clashed with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the top White House medical adviser during a Senate hearing Tuesday after the senator asked Fauci: “Are you willing to submit a financial disclosure to Congress and the public? Which includes your past and current investments?”
“My financial disclosures are public knowledge and have been so for the past 37 years,” said Fauci, who gave Marshall “so much misinformation, it’s extraordinary.”
“We can’t find them. Our office can’t find them. If they’re public knowledge, where would they be?” Marshall asked.
“It’s completely accessible to you if you want it,” Fauci said.
“For the public? Is it accessible to the public?” Marshall continued.
“For the people, for the people,” Fauci insisted.
“Great. We look forward to reviewing it,” Marshall said.
Soon after the exchange, Fauci was heard remarking near a live microphone, “What an idiot. Jesus Christ.”
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Marshall dismissed the comment, telling Fox News that he “didn’t take it personally.”
“Well, I think we were both pretty much in the moment,” he said.
According to Marshall, an obstetrician, before he entered alternative politics, his office had attempted to track Fauci’s financial records “for weeks”. After requests from both the doctor’s staff and the National Institutes of Health, which houses the Fauci-led NIAID, the senator was unable to receive them, he said.
“It takes the NIH, the White House months to respond to any sort of request for information, and then it’s redeployed,” he told Fox. “It’s pretty much the game they are playing. So I was shocked, I was shocked by their reaction, that he would lie to Congress again, because he had already lied about the viral gain-of-function question which I asked him earlier.”
Marshall requested Fauci to hand over uncertified copies of his financial records to his office by Friday.
Following Tuesday’s exchange, nonprofits confirmed that such financial disclosures as Fauci’s are available to the public but may be difficult to obtain in some cases.
FactCheck.org said that Fauci’s 2019 report, which was obtained with reforms in 2020, “shows that he has made investments in money markets, bond funds and equity funds, and unrealized gains for those accounts in 2019. or provides the quantum of loss.”
It appears that most of Fauci’s money is managed through the Schwab One Trust account of Charles Schwab & Co. SCHW,
According to FactCheck.org, a service of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.
According to FactCheck.org, the multi-step process of obtaining forms from OGE could be more user-friendly.
public integrity center weighed in with a post Titled “One Senator Didn’t Get Fauci’s Financial Information. But We Did.”
The center said it was unclear why the National Institutes of Health processed the 2019 disclosures using the Freedom of Information Act, which led to Marshall’s complaint. The NIH did not immediately respond to the New York Post’s request for comment.
The center said it requested Fauci’s 2020 financial disclosures this week.