The Washington Post is reporting Tuesday on the possibility of an independent task force to investigate the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s bipartisan support for such a task force, although some Democrats fear that if they lose the House in the midterms, President Trump’s role in the pandemic response will be overlooked. And then there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, who fears that such an investigation will prevent him from doing his job, although we’ve seen very little of him in recent weeks.

The Post reports:

A Senate panel voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to establish an independent task force to probe the U.S. response to the pandemic — the closest lawmakers have come to supporting such an investigation, two years into the crisis.

The vote on that bipartisan legislation, part of the Prevent Pandemics Act advanced by the Senate’s health committee, is the first step in a fraught political journey, and comes as Democrats and Republicans have pursued their own probes, seeking to shape public perceptions ahead of midterm elections that could alter the balance of power in Washington.

The Post says that Fauci fears that Republicans will take the House in the midterms, and it will be like the Benghazi hearings all over again — although if that were true, he could just say, “What difference, at this point, does it make” and skate.

Perhaps — but as the Post reports, Sen. Rand Paul told Megyn Kelly what if Republicans win back the Senate, “I’ll be chairman of the health committee, and I pledge to use the subpoena power to get every last record about the origin of the virus, about Fauci.”

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