Dr. Anthony Fauci’s financial disclosures are available to the public, but they’re not immediately accessible.
Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, was questioned over the disclosures during a Senate hearing in Washington this week.
After noting Fauci is the highest-paid employee in the federal government, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) wondered if the doctor would be willing “to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?”
“I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question. My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been for the last 37 years or so,” responded Fauci, who has been in his position since 1984.
Marshall said his office had not been able to locate Fauci’s disclosures and wondered where they were. He said there was “an air of appearance of some shenanigans” because Fauci learns of some issues before the general public, though he doesn’t think anything untoward has happened.
“All you have to do is ask for it,” Fauci said.
An NIAID spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times in an email that Fauci submits disclosures but added that they’re only sent to people who fill out a specific form (pdf) requesting them.
The agency did not answer when asked how long it would take for the disclosures to be sent to somebody who filled out and submitted the form, or why the disclosures aren’t readily available.
The Epoch Times has sent requests for Fauci’s most recent disclosures.
Fauci’s disclosure for 2019 was obtained previously and published by Liz Whyte, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity. His disclosures for the last two years have not appeared to have been made public.
A Marshall aide contended in an email to The Epoch Times that the barrier to accessing the documents means they’re not as available to the public as Fauci portrayed.
It’s unclear how long it takes for the disclosures to be sent to those who file a form and when they are sent they’re heavily redacted, the aide noted.
“Dr. Fauci’s sworn testimony does not match up with the facts,” she said. Marshall “definitely feels these should be on an easily accessible website,” she also said.
Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of openthebooks.com, agreed.
“As transparency advocates, we called on NIH to immediately post online Dr. Fauci’s financial and conflict documents—without redactions,” he said in an op-ed.
Marshall, meanwhile, responded to Fauci being captured on a hot mic calling the senator a “moron.” He said Fauci was frustrated for “being called out about his personal financial disclosure during the COVID pandemic NOT being publicly available.”
“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,” he added.