Senate hearing gets testy

A Senate hearing grew increasingly testy, in which Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall was called "a moron" by Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci also clashed with Rand Paul during the hearing.

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January 12, 2022 - 9:51 AM

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) asks Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor and director of the NIAID, about gain of function research during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants on Jan. 11, 2022, at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Greg Nash/Pool/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Dr. Anthony Fauci called Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall a “moron” on Tuesday after a tense exchange over Fauci’s financial disclosures, a sign of the increasing hostility between conservatives and one of the nation’s top COVID-19 experts.

Toward the end of a more-than-three-hour Senate Health Committee meeting, Marshall pointed to Fauci’s government salary of more than $400,000 and asked whether he would make his financial disclosure available to the public.

Fauci is a government employee and his financial disclosure forms are available to the public and can be accessed through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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