The White House health adviser was once surprised by a searing microphone calling the lawmaker a “moron”
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) plans to introduce a bill dubbed the Fauci Act, aimed at making government officials’ financial information easily accessible. This is after the senator clashed with Dr Anthony Fauci during a hearing.
Marshall will introduce a bill called the Financial Accountability for Single-Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act, a spokesperson revealed on Friday. The measure would require the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to publish the financial records of public servants like Fauci on its website, making them available to the public.
Fauci was asked about his personal finances by Marshall during a recent hearing in which the health adviser accused Marshall of being “misinformed” as his personal finances were publicly available. He was also surprised by a hot microphone referring to the senator as a “imbecile,” which was just one of Fauci’s many testy exchanges with Republican lawmakers.
Marshall’s argument is that information about Fauci and others is not sufficiently available. A recent report by the Center for Public Integrity found that a reporter had obtained the requested financial documents, but it was a two-month process involving a request under the Freedom of Information Act and the reporter “politely harass” for the requested documents.
Marshall had previously requested information about Fauci’s personal finances — he is the highest-paid federal employee — and investments during the Covid-19 pandemic in a letter to Fauci following their heated exchange, saying his office could not find the requested information.
“What a moron.” — Dr. Fauci on a hot mic after a heated exchange with Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), who demanded one of Fauci’s financial disclosures (which Fauci says is already public). pic.twitter.com/NtN6NDsomW
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“At a time when several federal officials have resigned over questionable financial dealings during the pandemic, these questions are both reasonable and relevant,” Marshal wrote.
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