Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn
, a 25-year-old Donald Trump
supporter from North Carolina
, has made the bizarre claim that if Cawthorn's party retakes control of the House in next year's midterm elections
, Dr. Anthony Fauci
could face legal consequences.
The first-term congressman told a right-wing fringe website on Wednesday that Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, could be "prosecuted" by a Republican-controlled House, apparently disregarding the limits of congressional power.
“We want to prosecute this guy to the full extent of the law
,” Cawthorn told Real America
’s Voice, claiming that Fauci told unspecified lies
for “fame and fortune.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn promises that if the GOP
regains control of the House in 2022, he will "make sure that consequences are doled out" to Dr. Anthony Fauci: "We want to prosecute this guy to the full extent of the law." pic.twitter.com/kFN0rGOCGJ — Right Wing Watch
(@RightWWWatch) July 22, 2021
The House of Representatives
does not enforce laws, and while it has the authority to investigate and impeach, Fauci cannot be impeached.
Despite the fact that available information about the virus has shifted over time
, Fauci has consistently urged Americans to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Meanwhile, Cawthorn has used his platform to warn Americans against efforts to make coronavirus vaccines
widely available, claiming that such efforts could result in authorities going "door-to-door" to "take your guns
" and "take your Bibles
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a frequent target of GOP ire in the coronavirus era for refusing to kowtow to Trump Republicans
. Trump openly attacked Fauci just last month, calling him “not a great doctor
but a great promoter” while speaking at a rally in Cawthorn’s home
Cawthorn supported Sen. Rand Paul
's request to refer Fauci to the Department of Justice
in an interview
on Wednesday, though he admitted that the request was unlikely to be granted.
“Jenna, I’ll just tell you, unfortunately, the DOJ
right now is under the control of the Biden administration
,” Cawthorn told host Jenna Ellis
, an attorney. “What will come of it, I don’t know, but I’ll tell you, when we retake the majority in 2022, I’ll make sure consequences are met.”