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.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Republicans potentially taking back Congress: “It’s Benghazi hearings all over again… They’ll try to beat me up in public, and there’ll be nothing there. But it will distract me from doing my job, the way it’s doing right now.”https://t.co/4OIm3boYFD
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 15, 2022
That Fauci sees oversight as a "distraction" from his job says it all.
— Donald Gooch (@GOOCH1701) March 15, 2022
So resign 🤷♀️
— terrif1978 (@terrif1978) March 15, 2022
If by distract he means get fired with real accountability, then I’ll be waiting in anticipation for that. Also Benghazi was real and he’s the worst.
— Bhodiwulf (@songofbhodiwulf) March 15, 2022
If the only impact was impairing his ability to do what he considers to be his job, the investigations would still be worth it.
— matt dooley (@mdooley) March 15, 2022
Unlike the hundreds of tv interviews he's given over the past two years.
Those weren't distracting at all, I'm sure!
— Oh, I went there! (@COProvencal) March 15, 2022
“Oh woe is me Fauci” is at it again, I see…
— GiraffinMeCrazy (@GiraffinC) March 15, 2022
— S (@Matersand) March 15, 2022
I don't want him to do his job because he does it poorly.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 15, 2022
If all he gets is the Benghazi hearing treatment, he should be grateful
He deserves to be dropped off in Benghazi
— Echo Don Pablo (@echodonpablo) March 15, 2022
Fauci not doing his job isn’t the threat he thinks it is.
— Silence Dogood (@lordthx1139) March 15, 2022
No, Fauci, there's actually quite a bit there. Too bad the Republicans are too lazy and spineless to do anything about it.
— MagnificentIllusion (@MagnificentIllu) March 15, 2022
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.”
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 14, 2022