Sen. Roger Marshall, a first-time Republican from Kansas, hopes a hot mic moment with Dr. Anthony Fauci this week — Fauci whispered to a colleague that Marshall was a jerk — leads to an outpouring of support for his bill that would force the release of the financial records of White House officials.
The bill, titled the Financial Accountability for Individuals Receiving Single Earnings (FAUCI) Act, would also require the Office of Government Ethics, or OGE, to publish a list of government officials whose financial information is not disclosed. accessible to the public, according to several media.
Federal law does not require the EMB to post the annual reports of qualified officials, including Fauci, on its website, only to make them available to the public, FactCheck.org noted.
Marshall clashed with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and top White House medical adviser during a Senate hearing on Tuesday after the senator asked Fauci: “Would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?”
“My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been for about 37 years,” said Fauci, who called Marshall “so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.”
“We can’t find them. Our office cannot find them. Where would they be if they were common knowledge? asked Marshal.
“It’s totally accessible to you if you want it,” Fauci said.
“For the public? Is it accessible to the public? Marshall continued.
“To the public, to the public,” Fauci insisted.
“Great. We can’t wait to review it,” Marshall said.
Immediately after the exchange, Fauci was heard saying near a live microphone: “What a jerk. Jesus Christ.”
Extract from the archives (May 2020): Kansas Republican House member says he and several family members are taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus
Marshall brushed off the remark, telling Fox News he “didn’t take it personal at all.”
“Well, I think we were both very present,” he said.
According to Marshall, an obstetrician before entering elective politics, his office had been trying to track down Fauci’s financial records “for weeks.” After making requests to medical personnel and the National Institutes of Health, which houses the Fauci-led NIAID, the senator was unable to obtain them, he said.
“It takes months for the NIH, it takes months for the White House to respond to any type of request for information, and then it’s redacted,” he told Fox. “It’s quite a game they’re playing. So I was shocked, I was shocked by his answer, that he would lie to Congress again after he had already lied about the viral gain-of-office question I asked him earlier.
Marshall asked Fauci to deliver unredacted copies of his financial records to his office by Friday.
After Tuesday’s exchange, nonprofits confirmed that financial information such as Fauci’s is publicly available, but in some cases may be difficult to obtain.
FactCheck.org said Fauci’s 2019 report, obtained with redactions in 2020, “shows he is invested in money markets, bond funds, and equity funds, and provides amounts of gains or losses. not realized for these accounts in 2019”.
Most of Fauci’s funds appeared to be managed through a Schwab One trust account at Charles Schwab & Co. SCHW,
according to FactCheck.org, a service of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
The multi-step process for securing EMB forms could be more user-friendly, FactCheck.org observed.
The Center for Public Integrity weighed in with an article titled “Senator Couldn’t Find Fauci’s Financial Information. But we did.
It’s unclear why the National Institutes of Health handled the 2019 disclosure using the Freedom of Information Act, which led to the redactions Marshall complained about, the center said. The NIH did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the New York Post.
The center said it requested Fauci’s 2020 financial disclosures this week.
A version of this report was posted on NYPost.com.