Marshall - who is sitting in front of a massive fake cheque - said his office couldn’t find them and asked where they could be viewed if they are public. Fauci replied: “It is totally accessible to you if you want it”.
Marshall asked: “To the public, is it accessible to the public?”
“To the public,” Fauci confirmed, to which Marshall responded: “Great we look forward to viewing it”.
An exacerbated-sounding Fauci can then be heard uttering: “What a moron”, before adding: “Jesus Christ”.
The exchange was seen as a breath of fresh air for many on Twitter, including Dr Jack Turban who remarked: “This truly captures how all of medicine is feeling right now.”
This truly captures how all of medicine is feeling right now https://t.co/icAJgru1Xa
— Jack Turban MD 🏳️🌈🧠 (@Jack Turban MD 🏳️🌈🧠)
And the award for Best Ever Hot Mic Moment goes to…
Fauci later doubled down on the comment in an MSNBC interview, remarking that it was “stunning” to him “that a United States senator doesn’t realise that my financial statement is public knowledge.”
He added: “It was just like where have you been?"
USA Today clarifies that as a public official, Fauci’s financial disclosure information is accessible via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Marshall referred to Fauci as “the least trusted bureaucrat in America” and insisted the remark “didn’t take away from the facts”.
Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in Americ… https://t.co/aUOHi5sHAu
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@Dr. Roger Marshall)
During the same hearing, Fauci also contended with Senator Rand Paul as he accused the lawmaker of “distorting everything about me”, resorting to “personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance.”
But Fauci’s hot mic moment isn’t the only microphone blunder we’ve come across this week.