Fauci To Step Down From White House Role In December

Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announced Monday that he is leaving the agency as well as President Joe Biden’s White House in December.

In a statement, Fauci said he is stepping down from all of his governmental and agency positions and readying “to pursue the next chapter of my career.”

Many in the Republican Party call for the 81-year-old Fauci to be held accountable for a “disastrous tenure.” Some point to what they believe are misstatements about gain of function research done with the coronavirus in China.

The National Institute of Health admitted last year that it funded the research at the lab in Wuhan, where COVID-19 first appeared. Many warned that the virus could have been engineered.

Conservative critics noted the timing of his departure coincides with what most believe will be a GOP takeover of the House after the November midterms.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated bluntly on Twitter Monday that Fauci’s stepping down will “not prevent a full-throated investigation” into the origins of coronavirus. Paul, a frequent critic of Biden’s top medical advisor, promised that he will testify under oath about the lab leak concerns.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Fauci of being the one bureaucrat in the history of the country who “destroyed more lives.” The senator said that the doctor will be held “fully accountable” for “corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) called for getting politics out of immunology and said the process begins “the day (Fauci) retires.” He also pledged the House will launch a full investigation into COVID-19’s origins.

One, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), put it even more succinctly when he said that Fauci’s “conveniently resigning” just a month before House Republicans can hold him accountable proves he’s a “coward.”

Despite his pending resignation, it is obvious that Dr. Fauci will have much explaining to do if Republicans regain control of the House after November’s midterms. From all the way back in the early days of the pandemic, there are far too many questions left unanswered.