Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Remove 'Petty Tyrant' Fauci from Powerful NIAID Role
Republican senator says Americans 'held captive by power-hungry bureaucrats'
Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is introducing an amendment to the Senate that would strip Dr. Anthony Fauci of his powerful position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The senator announced his amendment in a Fox News op-ed on Monday.
Paul accused Fauci of "abusing" his power and warned that Americans have been "held captive by petty tyrants and power-hungry bureaucrats."
"We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson, in particular, is that no one person should be deemed 'dictator in chief'," Paul wrote.
"No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.
"To ensure that ineffective, unscientific lockdowns and mandates are never foisted on the American people ever again, I will introduce an amendment to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and divide his power into three separate new institutes."
Paul said the amendment to the United States Code would be voted on as soon as this week.
"Each of these three institutes will be led by a director who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term," he explained.
"This will create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer-funded position that has largely abused its power and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Paul, who has been among the loudest critics of broad public health orders, bashed Fauci as an "unelected bureaucrat with far too much power."
Later on Monday, Paul appeared on Fox News's "Jesse Watters Primetime" and blasted Fauci's leadership during the pandemic.
Paul, a medical doctor himself who frequently has challenged Fauci's leadership throughout the pandemic.
He said his new amendment seeks to decentralize Fauci's role so that no "petty tyrant" can "monopolize" political influence in the name of public health.
Fauci has been the director of the NIAID since 1984.
"Tomorrow we will have a health committee meeting and … I will present an amendment, get a vote on eliminating Anthony Fauci’s position," Paul told Jesse Watters.
"I think we should eliminate his position, divide it into three and appoint three new directors that will be approvable by the Senate.
"The problem with having only one person and having everything go before him for like 40 years is that he has monopolized power and created a culture not conducive to scientific inquiry.
"You need people who question.
"That’s what science is – about questioning and putting forth your hypothesis and trying to prove it with experiments. But he has shown – Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins, have both shown that they will get into the mud.
"If you don’t agree with their political opinions, they will go after you."
Paul pointed to a leaked email exchange between Fauci and then-head of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Francis Collins who apparently colluded on a way to discredit the experts and doctors promoting the herd immunity approach to deal with COVID-19.
The emails showed Fauci and Collins planning to arrange a "devastating takedown" of the doctors behind the Great Barrington Declaration.
"When a person like Dr. Fauci controls $5 billion worth of money, it’s not good that we have a really petty tyrant who wants to take down the people he disagrees with," Paul said.
"And that’s not conducive to scientific inquires.
"So It’s long past time that we remove him from government…and then one person wouldn’t have a monopoly of so much power this they could use against their enemies."
Paul said that while he doesn't anticipate any support on the amendment from his Democratic colleagues, he does believe the "dam is breaking on the Democrat side" on COVID more broadly.
"When you see old guys in the Senate, these old Democrats finally listening to Biden without their masks on, but they want your 4-year-old to wear a mask, people aren’t believing this anymore," Paul said.
"The public is smarter than these people, and it’s starting to show.
"I think it’s starting to break their will towards authoritarianism.
"It’s only a matter of time, but we can’t give up on trying to get our freedom back."
Paul said he also plans to force a vote on the Senate floor to repeal mask mandates for air travel, telling Watters it's time his colleagues publicly acknowledge that "nobody believes these masks work."