Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall slammed White House chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Tuesday for calling him a “moron” during the Senate Health Committee hearing.
Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions concerning the Biden administration’s response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. After grilling Fauci about the accessibility to his financial disclosures, Fauci could be heard over a live microphone calling Marshall, who is an obstetrician, and gynecologist, a “moron.”
Marshall fired back by referring to the National Institutes of Health director as “the least trusted bureaucrat in America” in a Tuesday statement. He called on Fauci to provide the “truth” and “facts” to the Senate regarding his financial disclosures.
“Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts. We need the truth Dr. Fauci!” the Kansas senator said.
In an earlier statement, Marshall cited Fauci’s “frustration” over being called out for his disclosures “not” being publicly disclosed. He also cited previous claims that the senior medical advisor knowingly funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fauci, who receives a $400,000 salary, told Marshall that he had “amazingly wrong” information, claiming his financial disclosures are “accessible” and have been available to the public for years as he is employed at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Marshall questioned him about his role in gain-of-function research and called for the experiment to be banned for its contribution in creating and spreading the coronavirus.
Fauci was also pressed by Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over his attempt to “suppress” information from prominent scientists concerning the lab-leak theory. The senator cited emails that show Fauci and his colleagues downplaying the theory and criticizing scientists who were investigating the theory, though Fauci denied calling the lab-leak a “conspiracy.”