Fauci Says He Would ‘Cooperate’ with GOP — Calls Past Criticism of Him As ‘Character Assassination’

Following his announcement that he plans to resign from his position in December, Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to a statement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has vowed to hold Fauci accountable for his handling of the COVID pandemic should Republicans regain control of the House in the upcoming November midterms.

Fauci, who has gained a reputation for being obsessed with his own image to the point of narcissism, is once again arguing that past criticism of his actions is akin to “character assassination.”

While claiming in an interview with CNN’s “New Day” that he welcomes oversight and would be “happy to cooperate” with Republicans, Fauci — who serves as both the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to the president — claimed that Republicans’ oversight in the past was “more of a character assassination.”

During the interview, the NIAID director was asked if he would be willing to testify in hearings held by Republicans even after his retirement.

“Sure, I certainly would consider that,” Fauci replied.

Fauci went on to note that he would cooperate if it was “dignified oversight” rather than “attacking [his] character.”

“But you’ve got to remember — I believe oversight is a very important part of government structure, and I welcome it, and it can be productive. But what has happened up till now is more of a character assassination than it is oversight,” he claimed. “So, sure, I would be happy to cooperate, so long as we make it something that is a dignified oversight, which it should be, and not just bringing up ridiculous things and attacking my character. That’s not oversight.”

Fauci has been accused of being self-centered and obsessed with his image in the past, and this is just another extension of that. From having a votive candle with his own face on it sitting on his bookshelf, to having a giant oil painting of himself in his home office, to calling attacks against him “attacks on science,” Fauci seems to be overly focused on his ego and takes any sort of criticism of his policies and actions as a personal attack.

McCarthy’s announcement of potential oversight of the NIAID director in the future comes after Fauci announced his decision to resign.

“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, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden,” Fauci said in a statement, stating that he plans to “pursue the next chapter of [his] career.”

Republicans immediately pointed to the coincidental timing of Fauci stepping down, as he plans to leave office in December of 2022, just before January when Republicans could potentially be taking back the majority in the House following the November midterms.

Despite the fact that Fauci will be leaving office, McCarthy stated that the GOP will still “hold him accountable.”

“Dr. Fauci lost the trust of the American people when his guidance unnecessarily kept schools closed and businesses shut while obscuring questions about his knowledge on the origins of COVID. He owes the American people answers. A @HouseGOP majority will hold him accountable,” the California Republican said in a tweet.