Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, was filmed muttering “what an idiot” after a Republican senator demanded that he provide members of Congress with financial information that is already in the public domain.
On Tuesday, during a Senate Health Committee hearing, Senator Roger Marshall (Republican from Kansas) asked Fauci about his salary and personal investment.
“As the highest paid employee in the entire federal government, yes or no, are you prepared to provide Congress and the public with financial information that includes your past and current investments?” Marshall asked.
Clearly perplexed, Fauci told Marshall that his personal finances had been publicly available for decades, as required by law.
“The big tech giants are doing an incredible job of keeping it from the public,” Marshall retorted. “We will continue to search. Where would we find him?
“All you have to do is ask for it!” – answered Fauci. “You are so misguided it is incredible.”
Marshall then went on to rant that Fauci had access to confidential information and that “it looks like there might be some kind of fraud going on.”
Fauci grew more and more agitated.
– Senator, what are you talking about? he asked. “My financial disclosures are in the public domain, and they were. You are getting shockingly wrong information. “
“Our office can’t find them.” Marshall said. “Where would they be if they were in the public domain?”
Again, Fauci told him that the documents were available to everyone. All a person has to do is ask them as an investigative journalist at the Center for Public Integrity. Liz Essley White did in 2020.
The hot-tempered exchange ended with an embarrassed Marshall, who said he and his team were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to review the documents.
When committee chairman Senator Patty Murray of Washington called the next senator for questioning, a hot microphone caught Fauci making fun of Marshall.
“What a moron,” Fauci said. “Jesus Christ.”