WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Congressman Lance Gooden (R-Texas) joined Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) in introducing legislation to require the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to release the financial disclosures of officers or employees of the executive branch, including Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci is the highest paid federal employee and initially refused or dismissed requests for transparency surrounding the extent to which he has financially profited from the COVID-19 pandemic. Following questioning from Senator Marshall, it was revealed he made millions of dollars during the COVID pandemic, while simultaneously maintaining significant investments in Chinese companies and downplaying the country’s role in the origins of the pandemic.
Rep. Lance Gooden said, “Dr. Fauci’s response to Senator Marshall demonstrated an ongoing pattern of disrespect for Congress’ oversight authority of the Executive Branch. The American people deserve transparency and to know an individual who has made millions in taxpayer dollars is not engaged in financial transactions that are a conflict of interest with their responsibilities.”
“Dr. Fauci misled the American people about the accessibility of his financial disclosures to the public. Since I uncovered them we’ve learned that he made nearly $2 million in the first year of the pandemic when many families were struggling to put food on the table. Considering Dr. Fauci is the highest paid federal employee, Americans should not have to resort to lawsuits or redacted disclosures in order to access this type of information,” said Sen. Roger Marshall. “I appreciate Rep. Gooden joining me in this effort and look forward to working with him to ensure administration officials and their financial transactions are held to the same level of transparency as member of Congress.”