Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on Republicans in Congress to investigate White House COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci if they take control of Congress and following statements from Fauci that he's stepping down soon.
For example, said DeSantis, Fauci tried to "sow fear in the population and scared a lot of parents" when he called for schools to be shut down for in-person learning. "We can never go down that road," DeSantis said, adding that Fauci and other federal government officials in the future will again pivot to saying that lockdown measures did not go far enough.
His comments about Fauci came after Bongino played a video of Fauci asserting that COVID-19 lockdowns did not cause damage to people, although some studies have shown otherwise.
“In Florida, we will not let them lock you down,” the governor said during an event in December 2021. “We will not let them take your jobs, we will not let them harm your businesses, we will not let them close your schools.”
Stepping DownLast week, Fauci issued a statement via the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the agency he's headed since 1984, that he will be stepping down by December from his position as chief of NIAID, the head of the agency's Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and top medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
"While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats," he said, without elaborating.
Several Republicans said that if the GOP takes control of Congress, Fauci will face investigations and may be asked to again provide testimony. Typically, the party of the president tends to lose seats in the House in the midterms, and Democrats currently have a slim majority over Republicans in both chambers of Congress.
The Epoch Times has contacted NIAID for comment.