What came out of Dr. Fauci’s Monday hearing? 

June 4 – Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), answered questions at a hearing with the US House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic yesterday. 

Our own Congressman John Joyce was at the hearing and got a chance to ask questions. 

Joyce said, “Fauci is the face of America’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic and yet new evidence shows that under his lack of leadership, his senior adviser and Chief of Staff both attempted to break federal laws by giving out improper information to grant recipients, to individuals who wanted to avoid the public transparency and hide these communications. They used personal emails. So during this hearing, we as Republicans, were able to force Dr. Fauci to confront his promotion of unscientific policies during the COVID 19 pandemic. In addition to that, his gross mismanagement of NIAID which is a division of NIH. Everyone needs to hear me say this. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid government official in the US government. He makes more than the president of the United States, and he couldn’t answer why his senior advisors weren’t reporting to him specifically? So during the questioning, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Fauci about the really snatched out of midair six with social distancing rules, which he admits were not based in science, and as well as the vaccine mandates, which he now admits, may actually increase vaccine hesitancy in the future. So because of his guidance, and his quote when I talked about the six foot social distance, and previously he said, it sort of just appeared. That’s a quote, sort of just appeared. This is the top raking scientist in the United States. He didn’t quote a study from a journal. He didn’t quote something that occurred in a hospital. He said, it sort of just appeared, and so children were forced to stay at home and have remote learning. Businesses were forced to close and he had to have some responsibility, because this was a guidance of how the NIH and the CDC work together. We saw the consequences of that. We saw economic consequences. We saw learning or lack of learning consequences and we saw social development really fall behind with kids who had been forced to stay at home. The learning loss that we’ve seen is really documented now by lower reading and lower math scores, and those developed subsequent to the pandemic. So retirement from public service does not excuse Dr. Fauci from accountability. I think I made that point yesterday. This was a hearing to provide that accountability and get some answers to the questions on social distancing, the answers on masking, answers on vaccine mandates that constituents in Franklin, Fulton and Adams County want to know what the answers were. Yesterday, we held him to that, and we tried to get the answers out of him. I think he failed miserably. But I was glad to have the opportunity to advocate as someone who’s also trained in science to allow Dr. Fauci to dance to his word, and not give us why he should be culpable for this malalignment that occurred during the COVID 19 pandemic as the lead, as the guidance from the government.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Our school districts around here specifically use that six foot distance limit like sending half the kids to school every other day so they could achieve that six foot distancing among a population that we knew was not very susceptible to this disease. It was just horrendous the way this information, this bad information was used to make these strict guidelines and to tell people they were just horrible if they ever let anybody come less than six feet distance with each other, whether it was a church or at school, or at many of these other places that were forced either to shut down completely or really restrict what could be done there.”

Joyce said, “I think the culpability lies with Tony Fauci and I think we made that point loud and clear yesterday.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I thought Dr. Joyce did make some good comments about well, if nothing else, this confirms that more oversight is needed of NIH and some of these other medical boards in Washington. I think that’s a good point. There was this report recently which Dr. Joyce brought forth about the emails that it sounds like people within NIH were using private email addresses to avoid FOIA requests. That’s clearly a problem. That’s something Congress should be addressing. But Fauci, as he often does in these hearings, will not give an inch and I think it’s to his detriment. He just is so steadfast in all of his positions, and I think it kind of undermines his own credibility in many regards.”