Hot mic surprised Dr Anthony Fauci calling Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) a ‘jerk’ after heated Senate Health Committee hearing in which Marshall pressured Fauci over his financial disclosures .
Hot moment at the microphone: Dr Fauci was caught muttering “what an idiot” after a heated exchange with Republican Senator Roger Marshall during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/8N0ho9YDEO
– The Hill (@thehill) January 11, 2022
While asking Fauci about his finances, Marshall brought an inflated check to the hearing made out to Fauci for $ 434,312, roughly the amount of his annual federal salary. Fauci is said to be the highest paid employee in the entire US federal government.
Marshall’s line of questioning visibly angered Fauci. “I don’t understand why you are asking me this question,” Fauci said. He then explained that his financial disclosures are made public.
In a back-and-forth exchange, Marshall accused the “big tech giants” of hiding Fauci’s finances from the public, and Fauci repeatedly called the senator “uninformed.” Marshall explained that his office was unable to locate Fauci’s financial information online.
“Why am I misinformed? It’s a huge problem, ”said Marshall, who continued to ask Fauci about his earnings.
At the end of the exchange, a hot mic caught Fauci saying, “What a jerk. Jesus Christ. “
Marshall responded to Fauci’s remarks on Twitter. “Calling me an asshole at a Senate hearing may have eased the stress of America’s least trustworthy bureaucrat, but it didn’t change the facts. We need the truth, Dr Fauci, ”Marshall said.
Calling me an asshole at a Senate hearing may have eased the stress of America’s least trustworthy bureaucrat, but it didn’t change the facts. We need the truth Dr Fauci! pic.twitter.com/GyfdppfNgn
– Dr Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 11, 2022