A Republican from Kentucky wants to strip the president’s chief medical advisor of one of his titles.
Sen. Rand Paul recently introduced an amendment that could potentially remove Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The senator proposes dividing NIAID into three separate national research institutes, led by directors appointed by the president and U.S. Senate for five-year terms.
The new National Institute of Allergic Diseases, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and National Institute of Immunologic Diseases would help prevent any individual from imposing “ineffective, unscientific lockdowns and mandates.”
“We have learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief’ … [and] no one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans,” Paul said in a statement.
“This will create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer funded position that has largely abused its power, and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
Meanwhile, OpenTheBooks does not expect to see Fauci’s work and financial disclosures anytime soon.
The Chicago-based not-for-profit believes the general public could have to wait a year or more for details on any lawful benefits the clinician recently received.
“During the pandemic, Dr. Fauci has handsomely profited from his federal employment, royalties, travel perks, and investment gains,” CEO Adam Andrzejewski previously said.
Andrzejewski blames authorities for failing to update Fauci’s publicly available databases in a timely manner. Other federal officials are required to update the database more frequently.
To address this, OpenTheBooks submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in January 2021. However, NIH only released 51 pages of heavily redacted information five months later.
Judicial Watch has since partnered with OpenTheBooks to sue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the missing information.
NIH voluntarily agreed to gradually disclose all of the documents. However, it can only process about 300 pages each month. As a result, OpenTheBooks estimates the pages could take another 12 months to release.