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(RepublicanWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he will be departing his roles as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as chief medical officer to President Joe Biden at the end of this year.

“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” Fauci said.

Biden released a statement praising Fauci, saying he had an “unwavering” commitment to the work and an “unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity.”

“Because of Dr. Fauci’s many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved. As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next,” Biden said.

Biden added, “Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work. I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.”

The timing is interesting given Republicans have said they plan to launch an investigation into Fauci if they win back control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.

Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul said he plans to subpoena Fauci’s records if Republicans retake the Senate and he becomes chairman of a committee.

“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of Fauci’s records,” Paul said. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan made similar comments, saying Republicans will “uncover” what Fauci knew about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, an ally to Jordan, released Fauci’s financial records. The records appear to show that Fauci and his wife have a combined net worth of around $10 million.

Records also showed that Fauci and his wife were paid tens of thousands of dollars to attend four galas and ceremonies — three of them virtual — during the pandemic.

Jordan argued that these revelations and recently released emails prove there’s a “need to investigate Fauci.”

“If the American people put us back in charge, we are definitely going to do this,” Jordan said, adding that his colleagues would push for a congressional investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

“Because we now know without a doubt that Dr. Fauci knew on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 that this thing came from a lab,” Jordan argued. “The top scientists in the country were saying it came from a lab. One scientist says we got the notes now from the conference call on February 1st. One scientist says, ‘I don’t see how this can happen in nature, but it would be easy to do in a lab.’”

“And yet just in a matter of days, they changed their position, write the article that appears in Nature of Medicine Magazine, which then gets cited in the now-famous letter The Lancet, which became the gospel for the fact that Fauci can go out and tell people it didn’t come from a lab when in fact they knew it did,” Jordan continued.

“The interesting thing is. We point this out. We just learned this last week, that the two doctors who were most adamant that this thing came from a lab early on: one is Dr. Kristian Anderson. On Jan. 31, 2020, he says this to Dr. Fauci in an email: ‘Virus looks engineered. The virus not consistent with evolutionary theory.’ So, he knew it came from a lab,” he added.

“They changed their position,” Jordan argued. “And a few months later, guess what? They get an $8.9 million, both him and Dr. [Robert] Garry – the guy who said it couldn’t happen naturally.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) asserted Tuesday that if the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Monday raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was merely about “inconsequential archives,” then “it will be viewed as a political tactic” and thwart any credibility of the January 6 Committee.

“DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigation,” tweeted Cuomo.

Cuomo wasn’t the only democrat to criticize the raid. Former Democratic presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang also condemned the FBI raid.

Ted Cruz Tweeted in response to Yang, “Dems panicking. Realizing that abusing DOJ/FBI is going to back fire.”

Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon told Fox News that “the FBI right now is the Gestapo.”

“We’re at war,” Bannon said. “We’re at a political and ideological war, and they’ve obviously weaponized the Justice Department.”

“This had to go up the chain of command through Merrick Garland,” Bannon added. “This is about pure power politics.”

“They’re absolutely petrified that Trump is going to announce in the next couple of weeks and win the Republican nomination, win the White House,” he explained.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Attorney General Merrick Garland defended President Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying the president has not interfered with a federal tax fraud investigation involving his son, Hunter Biden.

At a Senate subcommittee hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn. pressed Garland about various reports speculating that President Biden “was involved with” his son’s overseas business dealings.

“Do you have any reason to dispute the evidence that indicates that President Biden was involved with and using money from Hunter Biden’s business deals?” asked Hagerty.

“The president has already told his subordinates; clearly, these are people that he can fire at will, that he and his family did nothing wrong. How can the American people be confident that his administration is conducting a serious investigation?” the senator asked.

Garland declined to answer whether he or any senior DOJ official had been briefed on the ongoing probe into Hunter Biden’s business dealings with foreign officials through the years, saying the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware — a Trump-era appointee — was handling the investigation “unsupervised.”

Garland also said a special counsel wouldn’t be needed for the investigation.

“There will not be interference of any political or improper kind,” Garland said during his sworn testimony.

Later on, Hagerty asked Garland, “Would it be appropriate for the president to call you into the Oval Office and tell you that his son didn’t break the law regarding this matter?”

To which, Garland sternly answered, “Absolutely not! … The president has not done that. The president has committed not to interfere, not only in that investigation but any kind of “

Hagerty then reportedly cut Garland off to highlight recent instances in which the president’s advisers defended Hunter Biden publicly.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain appeared on ABC’s “This Week” program just two days after a federal grand jury reportedly heard testimony about Hunter Biden’s cash flow, while serving on the board of Ukraine energy company Burisma. Klain said: “Of course the president’s confident that his son didn’t break the law.”

Also, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged a media question Monday, inquiring about a New York Post report of a Hunter Biden business associate Eric Schwerin, the former president of Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca, visiting the White House 19 separate times from 2009-13.

The potential relevance here: President Biden has previously stated he has “never spoken” to Hunter Biden, or any of his financial partners, about outside business deals.

Later in the Senate hearing, Hagerty asked Garland whether Americans “can be confident that this administration is conducting a serious investigation.”

Garland answered in the affirmative, adding, “Because you have me as the attorney general, who is committed to the independence of the Justice Department from any influence from the White House in criminal matters.”