Senator fühlt sich von Fauci so beleidigt, dass er das FAUCI-Gesetz einführen möchte

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Senator fühlt sich von Fauci so beleidigt, dass er das FAUCI-Gesetz einführen möchte
© Susan Walsh/keystone-sda.ch FILE – In this March 18, 2021, file photo, Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. Marshall won’t let people forget he’s a doctor by putting

Nach einem hitzigen Wortgefecht im US-Kongress vergangene Woche schlägt der republikanische Senator Roger Marshall zurück: Er möchte, dass Doktor Faucis Finanzen öffentlich werden – noch öffentlicher als sie es bereits sind.

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Senator Roger Marshall und der präsidiale Covid-Berater Anthony Fauci gerieten sich im US-Kongress letzte Woche gehörig in die Haare. Grund für den Disput war Marshalls Behauptung, dass Faucis Finanzen nicht offen zugänglich seien.

Senator fühlt sich von Fauci so beleidigt, dass er das FAUCI-Gesetz einführen möchte
© Greg Nash / POOL/keystone-sda.ch Roger Marshall mit einer Darstellung von Faucis Gehaltscheck.

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Vor zwei Tagen gab der republikanische Senator dann auf Twitter bekannt, dass er einen neuen Gesetzesentwurf mit dem Namen «Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals» einbringen wolle. Die Kurzform des Gesetzes? Ja, richtig: FAUCI.

Auf Twitter erklärt Marshall:

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Ich plane, das FAUCI-Gesetz einzuführen, um Anthony Fauci und andere hochbezahlte Regierungsbeamte zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen. Wenn Sie ein nicht gewählter Bürokrat sind und Hunderttausende von Dollar verdienen, muss Amerika wissen, ob Sie irgendwelche Interessenkonflikte haben.

I plan to introduce the FAUCI Act to hold Anthony Fauci and other high-paid government officials accountable. If you’re an unelected bureaucrat, and you make hundreds of thousands of dollars, America needs to know if you have any conflicts of interest. pic.twitter.com/AmhbViegrC

— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 14, 2022

Der Gesetzesentwurf folgt auf die verbale Auseinandersetzung vom letzten Dienstag, bei der Marshall von Fauci wiederholt die Offenlegung seiner Finanzen forderte. Dieser antworte mehrmals sichtlich verblüfft, dass seine Finanzen bereits öffentlich zugänglich seien – und das seit etwa 37 Jahren.

Senator fühlt sich von Fauci so beleidigt, dass er das FAUCI-Gesetz einführen möchte
© Greg Nash/keystone-sda.ch Fauci war über die Frage des Senators überrascht.

Marshall behauptete daraufhin, dass die Big-Tech-Giganten dafür verantwortlich seien, dass Faucis Informationen nicht aufzufinden seien. Die Diskussion endete schliesslich mit einem verbalen Ausrutscher Faucis. In der Annahme, dass das Mikrofon bereits ausgeschaltet sei, bezeichnete er den Republikaner als einen Idioten, was im ganzen Saal hörbar war.

Die ganze Auseinandersetzung hier nachzulesen:

«Was für ein Idiot. Jesus Christus» – Republikaner bringen Fauci aus der Fassung

Was stimmt denn nun? Faucis Finanzen sind tatsächlich öffentlich. Er ist per Gesetz verpflichtet, seine Finanzen auf jährlicher Basis offenzulegen. Man müsse tatsächlich nur danach fragen, bestätigt Liz Essley Whytes. Die investigative Journalistin, die für das gemeinnützige Journalistenzentrum «Center for Public Integrity» arbeitet, hat nämlich genau das im vergangenen Jahr getan.

Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, says his staff can’t find Fauci’s public financial disclosure.

Fauci says they just have to ask for it.

He’s correct. I did that in 2020. Here it is: https://t.co/V6x0PEFqBc https://t.co/yUicSGaJeO

— Liz Essley Whyte (@l_e_whyte) January 11, 2022

Nach zwei Monaten waren die Daten da

So einfach sei es aber nicht, an die Unterlagen zu gelangen, räumt sie ein. Sie habe vom Amt für Berufsethik ein Formular ausgefüllt und dieses an das Amt für Informationsfreiheit des nationalen Gesundheitsinstituts (NIH) geschickt. Nachdem sie einen Monat lang keine Antwort auf ihre Anfrage erhalten habe, habe sie nochmals nachgehakt. Schliesslich habe es mehr als zwei Monate gedauert, bis sie die gewünschten Unterlagen erhalten habe.

Ursprung ihrer Anfrage sei eine impfkritische Person in ihrem Umfeld gewesen, die davon sprach, dass Fauci von der Covid-Impfung profitieren könnte – eine Behauptung, die in Pro-Trump-Medien omnipräsent ist. Zudem kritisierte sie, dass die Medien nicht bereit seien, dies zu untersuchen.

Wenn auch etwas umständlich zu erhalten, so waren die Dokumente doch stets öffentlich und – wie sich herausstellte – nicht so brisant, wie von Skeptikern vermutet. Die Offenlegung zeige einige Geldmarktfonds und Investmentfonds, allerdings keine einzelnen Pharma-Aktien, kommentierte Whyte ihren Fund auf Twitter. Sie macht aber darauf aufmerksam, dass das Gesundheitsinstitut einige Abschnitte geschwärzt habe.

So to allay her fears I went ahead and requested Dr. Fauci’s latest financial disclosure. Here it is. The disclosure shows a bunch of money market funds and mutual funds. No individual pharma stocks. https://t.co/xLRr0YXiPu /2

— Liz Essley Whyte (@l_e_whyte) August 5, 2020

Senator Marshall schien nicht bewusst gewesen zu sein, dass ein Verfahren existierte, um an Faucis finanzielle Offenlegung zu gelangen. Sein Gesetzesentwurf zielt nun darauf ab, den Zugang zu diesen Dokumenten zu vereinfachen. Von einigen US-Medien wird dieser Schritt als blosser Vergeltungsschlag für Faucis geäusserte Beleidigung angesehen.

HOT MIC MOMENT: After clashing with GOP Sen. Roger Marshall, Dr. Fauci was caught muttering, “what a moron,” followed by “Jesus Christ.” pic.twitter.com/merKU3BGAJ

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 11, 2022

Gegenüber Fox News Digital erklärt Marshall hingegen, dass er das «kein bisschen persönlich genommen» habe. Er sei vor allem «auf die wahren Fakten fokussiert gewesen».

Noch hat Marshall keinen Text des vorgeschlagenen Gesetzes veröffentlicht. Wann er den Gesetzesentwurf einbringen wird, ist noch nicht bekannt.

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