Following his clash with Dr. Anthony Fauci last week in a Senate hearing, Sen. Roger Marshall plans to introduce a bill named after the doctor, relating to the financial records of administration officials like Fauci.
According to The Hill, Marshall will be introducing the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act, following the heated exchange with the Biden administration's top COVID-19 expert after he said the doctor's financial records were not easily accessible to the public.
"The FAUCI Act would require the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website to provide the financial records of administration officials like Fauci and a list of those in the government whose financial records are not public," The Hill reported.
During the Senate hearing earlier this week, Marshall pressed Fauci about if he would be willing to submit a financial disclosure that includes both past and current investments, reflecting similar requirements for other government figures.
"I don't understand why you're asking me that question. My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been so for the last 37 years or so," Fauci responded.
"The Big Tech giants are doing an incredible job of keeping it from being public. We'll continue to look for it. Where would we find it?" Marshall said.
"All you have to do is ask for it. You're so misinformed. It's extraordinary," responded Fauci. "All you have to do is ask for it." It was at the end of this exchange that a hot mic captured Fauci calling the senator a "moron."
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism center, found following the exchange that while Fauci's financial disclosures are already public, the documents were not easily accessible. The process, which the reporter said took over two months, involved filling out a form from the Office of Government Ethics Website, emailing the Department of Health and Human Services, and "politely badger[ing]" the National Institute of Health.
"The NIH also chose to give the disclosure to me under the Freedom of Information Act, which they didn't need to do and caused the document to be partially redacted. (Though most of the information about Fauci's income, gifts and investments in 2019 is still there for all to see)," the reporter stated.
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