Republican Senator Rand Paul torched Anthony Fauci over new revelations the “retired” ex-NIAID is privy to a taxpayer-funded security detail.
According to documents obtained by “Jesse Watters Primetime” from the US Marshals Service, marshals took over security responsibility from the Department of Health & Human Services at the beginning of 2023.
In June, Paul sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding additional details about Fauci’s current employment status and the taxpayer-funded benefits he enjoys.
Host Jesse Watters said a source’s tip led to a FOIA request to the US Marshals, revealing the taxpayer-funded security detail Fauci is receiving.
According to Watters, the documents also stated Fauci’s perks include limousine transportation.
Paul said he was told Fauci still has a detail and that he questioned HHS about it.
“HHS actually came back to us and said they haven’t been paying for it since January. But then we discovered that Fox did a Freedom of Information Act, and a judge forced them to say that, well, while HHS wasn’t directly funding it, the US Marshals were funding it,” he said.
Paul said federal officials informed him they weren’t directly paying for it, but “somebody else is doing it, and then we’re reimbursing them.”
“So it’s a terrible example of the government lying to its representatives and to the people. But also, why is a retired guy, the only retired official I know of that gets this kind of treatment is a former president,” Paul added.
“So I have no idea why this bureaucrat still has a limo driver security detail.”
Paul also wondered if Fauci also gets pro bono legal representation in retirement as well,
Fauci’s wealth increased by 30% during the pandemic, Paul noted, adding he should be able to afford his own security without forcing the taxpayer to foot the bill.
As The Daily Fetched reported earlier this month, Rand Paul said he was not convinced Fauci is retired and is demanding answers from the Biden administration on his official employment status.
Paul highlighted that Fauci stated in a letter that he intended to leave his post in order to begin “the next chapter” of his career.
Still, Fauci also said in media appearances that “while I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring.”
“While many interpreted these statements to mean Dr. Fauci would be ending his employment with the federal government in December 2022, it is not clear if that is in fact the case,” Paul wrote.
“This raises questions about Dr. Fauci’s current employment status and whether he is still receiving certain taxpayer-funded benefits associated with active public services, such as legal counsel and protective services,” Paul added.