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Dr. Anthony Fauci noted that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will never be able to follow through with his promise to chair hearings about the pandemic response because Republicans did not gain control of the Senate in the midterm elections.
"There have been all these House Republican calls for investigations into the origins of COVID and saying they're gonna bring you up to Capitol Hill," CBS host Margaret Brennan told Fauci in an interview that aired on Sunday. "Do you think that wanes as you step down?"
"Well, I don't think it's gonna wane for me because they're already saying, the Republicans, that had they won the Senate, they would be bringing me before the committee that Rand Paul would be- likely would be chairing," Fauci said.
"That's not going to happen because the Senate is not in the Republican control. But the Republican House has said that they're going to- and that's fine with me," he added. "I'm very much in favor of- of legitimate oversight. Absolutely. I mean, I've testified before Congress, given the 38 years that I've been director, literally hundreds of times, in many oversight hearings."
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Early Sunday morning, former president Donald Trump picked up where he left off late Saturday night, attacking special counsel Jack Smith who will be taking over the DOJ's Mar-a-Lago investigation at the behest of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
On Thursday, Smith made his first move with a stern letter to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that is expected to pave the way for the Justice Department to investigate the theft of government documents hidden at Mar-a-Lago without interference from Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon.
That has, in turn, led to the former president to begin a drumbeat of complaints about Smith in an attempt to smear him before he gets deeply involved in investigating Trump and his cronies.
Late Saturday, Trump wrote on his Truth Social account, "This sounds fair, doesn’t it? The 'Justice' Department is CORRUPT. Offered Christopher Steele $1,000,000 to lie about me, paid Russian a fortune to 'get Trump,' told Facebook not to mention the Hunter Biden Laptop before the Election, 'it was Russian disinformation,”'when the KNEW it was not. Is Trump Hater Jack Smith going to investigate that? Will his Trump Hating boss, Lisa M, allow him to investigate the reason for January 6th, the corrupt 2020 Election, or the troops I recommended be sent?"
Not content with that, early Sunday morning, he continued, "Jack Smith (nice, soft name, isn’t it?), is a political hit man, who is totally compromised, and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near our already highly WEAPONIZED & CORRUPT 'Justice' Department and FBI, which are stuffed with, and listening to, Radical Left 'MONSTERS,' who will cause difficulties for our Country the likes of which we have not seen before. By the way, OBAMA SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (and got caught!), & what about the MASSIVE Joe & Hunter BIDEN CORRUPTION (Evidence already in!)?"
Not content with that, moments later he all-capped: "THE FAKE NEWS IS THE MOST CORRUPT OF ALL. THEY ARE TRULY THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE - THE ENEMY OF THE USA. TURN IN THE SUPREME COURT LEAKER!"
In an interview with the Guardian's David Smith, former Republican Party campaign consultant Rick Wilson cautioned foes of Donald Trump to contain their enthusiasm at the prospect that his political future is in rapid decline, explaining he fully expects the former president to turn his fortunes around.
Wilson whose distaste for Trump and all he represents led him to co-found the virulently anti-Trump Lincoln Project with a group of like-minded conservatives, said it is only a matter of time before Trump once again regains the upper hand and that prominent Republicans who have taken shots at him since the midterms will once again "... bend the knee, they will break, they will fall, they will all come back into line."
Speaking with Smith, he explained, "The greatest danger in American politics is not recognising that there are great dangers. The same people in 2015 and 2016 were confidently asserting Donald Trump could never, ever under any circumstances win the Republican nomination, and there were never any circumstances where Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton, and then he could never have almost a million people die because of his mishandling of Covid and on and on and on and on."
According to Wilson, while conservatives appear to be coalescing around Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) as a Trump alternative, that will likely end quickly once Trump gets his 2024 presidential campaign in gear and focuses on cutting the Florida Republican off at the knees.
"He [Trump] controls a quarter, at the minimum, of the Republican base. Even if it’s 15% and he goes into Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and he wins primaries because he has 15% going in, that’s the ballgame. It’s over. It’s done. Everybody else, it’s all over bar the crying,” Wilson predicted.
Continuing in that vein, he added, "Right now they’re all talking so much sh*t: ‘I’m not going to get with Trump. I’m going to be with the hot new number, DeSantis.’ When DeSantis gets his ass handed to him, when he gets his clock cleaned in a debate or forum or just by Trump grinding away at him, eating him alive mentally for weeks on end, and suddenly Donald Trump’s numbers start posting up again, all the conservative thinkers who are right now like, ‘We will never vote for Trump again, we have integrity!’ will find themselves some excuse. ‘Well, you know, we don’t like Trump’s tweets, but otherwise it’s pure communism!’"
Summing up, he added, "It’s all bullsh*t, it’s all a f*cking game, and that game is going to play out in a way that does not result in the outcome that the donor class thinks they’re going to get.”
You can read more from him here.