As the public is learning more and more about National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci through email correspondence made available through a Freedom of Information Act request, some on Capitol Hill are calling for his resignation given inconsistencies in his correspondence and public statements.
Included among those is U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile). However, Carl wants to take the role of congressional oversight even further with Fauci’s role because of the amount of power granted to a single federal bureaucrat.
During an appearance on APTV’s “Capitol Journal,” Carl said while he thought Fauci should step down, he argued for congressional scrutiny of Fauci’s finances as well, given there was a possibility, he said, that he could have profited from his COVID-19 directives.
“We’re drafting a bill right now,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together while I’m here in Montgomery. It’s actually being put together in D.C. We’re basically asking Fauci for his resignation. We’re trying to give him quietly a chance to step down and move on. The emails that have come out, the things that are surfacing as they sift through that are just tremendously damaging, as far he and his reputation are concerned. I have a lot more concern with what I think is a bigger story and a bigger element when you’re dealing with him. To be a bureaucrat and have that much control, be able to step on stage and make a statement about masks and then two months later change directions with that — I’m curious what his investments look like. I’m curious to see what and how he could have profited from this financially.”
“Being a bureaucrat, we don’t have access to his financial information — like you would myself, elected officials,” Carl continued. “Our investments are public. But in the position he’s in, I understand he does not have to disclose that. That really deeply concerns me. If you’re a bureaucrat having that much control and can shift the stock market in a particular field, the health care field, for example, just at his opinion.”
“Let’s start with the basics, and the basics is we need someone to give us advice going through these pandemics if they happen in the future — God, hope they don’t — but we need to have someone who is answerable to the people,” Carl said. “And people as an elected official, watching over this person and how they do their investments. I think that’s a huge, huge problem. If I know, we’re going to paint all the battleships a new color, and the only paint we’re going to buy is one source, and I step out there and buy stock two days before we announce that contract, that’s insider trading.”
“So, in his position, if he knew they were going to switch the masks — as an example, just as an example, I have nothing to prove the basis on — and he buys stock into a mask company, and then announces two days later we’re going to the mask, there’s a story right there,” he continued. “We need to know. The country is mad right now. They’re upset with all of this. Part feel like it didn’t happen. I lost five friends that died from it. So I know it’s a real factor. I’ve had my vaccination. I hope you’ve had yours. I hope everybody in America that wants it gets it. You don’t want it. It’s your life. You control that.”
“But I think we’ve got to have some method of these people like Dr. Fauci that have got so much power, can wield the stock market in just the whiff of a sentence — I want to know how he invested his money,” Carl added.
Carl said he had zero evidence to suggest wrongdoing but added there was no way of knowing if there was evidence under the current system.
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.