As part of his reelection campaign in 2022, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) repeatedly railed against Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, promising that he would hold endless hearings on the doctor and the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

NY1 reported back in October:

If Paul is re-elected and Republicans take control of the Senate, Paul is likely to chair a committee and have the power to authorize investigations. He’s promising to subpoena “every last document of Dr. Fauci’s,” focusing on whether COVID-19 can be traced to lab research in China.

“The most important thing is that we find the origin of the virus,” Paul told Spectrum News.

However, Republicans didn’t win and take control of the Senate, which is currently composed of 48 Democrats and 3 Independents who caucus with the Democrats and 49 Republicans. Despite Sinema’s declaration as an independent last week.

That led “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan to ask Fauci during his appearance on the show Sunday:

“There have been all these House Republican calls for investigations into the origins of COVID and saying they’re gonna bring you up to Capitol Hill. Do you think that wanes as you step down?”

The doctor responded:

“Well, I don’t think it’s gonna wane for me because they’re already saying, the Republicans, that had they won the Senate, they would be bringing me before the committee that Rand Paul would be- likely would be chairing.”

And then Fauci said something that must have infuriated Paul and others in the GOP:

“That’s not going to happen because the Senate is not in the Republican control. But the Republican House has said that they’re going to- and that’s fine with me. I’m very much in favor of- of legitimate oversight. Absolutely. I mean, I’ve testified before Congress, given the 38 years that I’ve been director, literally hundreds of times, in many oversight hearings.”

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