Though many have called for an investigation into Fauci’s finances or what some allege was dishonesty when he spoke before Congress concerning gain of function research, the real reason for the investigation is his desire for Fox to terminate Jesse Watters.
Reps claim in a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. They write in the letter:
“Pursuant to your powers and responsibilities as Acting Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we hereby ask you and your office to launch an investigation into potential criminal conduct by Dr. Anthony Fauci…Dr. Fauci called on Fox News to fire political commentator Jesse Watters ‘on the spot’. Dr. Fauci did so while acting in his official government capacity as NIAID Director…Dr. Fauci’s attempt to influence Mr. Watters’ private employer to terminate him on the basis of partisan political affiliation may constitute a violation of federal law.”
Of course, his justification will be that his views were based on personal censure, science, or some other politically neutral basis rather than partisan political affiliation.
Still, based on what he told CNN, it appears that Fauci broke the law, even if it’s as doubtful that the current HHS Inspector General will look into it as it is that he’ll find a way to avoid charges in the first place.