In what may be the most telling predictor yet of an expected outcome of the midterm elections, Dr. Anthony Fauci officially announced when he will be stepping down from his government positions.
Fauci may have served under seven different presidents during his nearly four decades as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but he didn’t truly become a household name until he began peddling draconian lockdowns and flip-flopping on The Science™ as a corporate media darling during the COVID pandemic.
Now, with the pressure of potential Republican-led investigations into the pandemic response and its origins, Fauci announced Monday that he would be leaving his public office conveniently timed before the start of the 118th Congress.
“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation,” Fauci wrote in a statement, “as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.”
BREAKING: Fauci To Step Down In December pic.twitter.com/V2bSKpLOYk
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 22, 2022
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led the NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges,” he continued. “I am very proud of our many accomplishments.”
After listing off highlights of his 38-year career that included responses to HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika, West Nile virus, and anthrax attacks, he noted, “I am particularly proud to have served as the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden since the very first day of his administration.”
Biden recognized Fauci with his own statement Monday where he briefly summarized the doctor’s career along with his accessibility as an advisor.
“As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next,” the president said. “Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work. I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.”
The outgoing director then stipulated that “While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring.”
“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,” Fauci added.
Critics of the NIAID head’s COVID response and vaccine promotion were not so congenial as Biden or starry-eyed regarding how his record could influence future threats. In fact, of the tamer responses that did not outright call for the doctor to be jailed for allegedly violating the Nuremberg Code set forth to protect against involuntary experimentation on humans, most were quick to point out how his departure from Washington, D.C. readily fell in line with when a hypothetically GOP controlled House of Representatives could begin to exercise subpoena power.
Fauci has resigned. I'm guessing it's so he has time to prepare with his lawyers for his appearance at the 2023 Nuremberg Code trials.
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) August 22, 2022
Fauci avoiding accountability his entire career: pic.twitter.com/hvVC89ia3T
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 22, 2022
Sociopathic liar and political hack Fauci is making a run for it before Republicans can take over the House https://t.co/90utmxYYxm
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 22, 2022
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) was a touch more subtle as he simply shared the news with a caption, “Interesting timing… #COVIDHearings.”
Fauci further claimed in his statement that the National Institute of Health “is served by some of the most talented scientists in the world, and I have no doubt that I am leaving this work in very capable hands.”
What he failed to address was the number of employees who were leaving the agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) out of embarrassment from the “bad science” that had been conducted and promoted on public health decisions.
“There’s been a large amount of turnover,” a CDC official said in July. “Morale is low.”
Health experts are quitting the NIH and CDC in droves because they’re embarrassed by ‘bad science’ https://t.co/Cg3J0mqzr9
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) July 15, 2022
“I used to be proud to tell people I work at the CDC. Now I’m embarrassed,” another said.
Renowned Dr. Peter McCullough who stood at the forefront of early treatment protocols throughout the pandemic opined on Fauci’s departure, drawing attention to what was left unsaid in the statement: “Dr. Fauci announces his resignation. Notice the NIH announcement makes no mention of the pandemic crisis, mismanagement debacle, suppression of early RX, and [vaccine] safety catastrophe that has ruined the lives of so many.”
Dr. Fauci announces his resignation. Notice the NIH announcement makes no mention of the pandemic crisis, mismanagement debacle, suppression of early RX, and / safety catastrophe that has ruined the lives of so many. Perfect oblivion. To Fauci as if none of this has occurred. pic.twitter.com/1yRy2JDuxy
— Peter McCullough, MD MPH (@P_McCulloughMD) August 22, 2022
“Perfect oblivion,” McCullough added. “To Fauci as if none of this has occurred.”
Perhaps to Fauci, none of it has as he previously defended a potential departure from public office noting, “They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job.”
“I don’t think they can say anything about the science,” he had argued. “If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest. My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices … what are you going to investigate about that?”
Come January, Dr. Fauci may just find out.
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