Americans will have to wait more than 12 months for critical information about the president’s chief medical advisor, an Illinois non-profit said.
OpenTheBooks does not expect to see Anthony Fauci’s work and financial disclosures anytime soon.
The Chicago-based transparency group believes the general public could have to wait a year or more for details on any lawful benefits the clinician recently received.
“During the pandemic, Dr. Fauci has handsomely profited from his federal employment, royalties, travel perks, and investment gains,” CEO Adam Andrzejewski said according to Fox News.
Andrzejewski blames authorities for failing to update Fauci’s publicly available databases in a timely manner. Other federal officials are required to update the database more frequently.
To address this, OpenTheBooks submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in January 2021. However, NIH only released 51 pages of heavily redacted information five months later.
“Not included was Dr. Fauci’s current employment agreement including all addendums and modifications, current job description, and confidentiality and conflict of interest documents,” Andrzejewski said according to the broadcaster.
Judicial Watch has since partnered with OpenTheBooks to sue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the missing information.
“[We want] all calendars or calendar entries for Dr. Anthony Fauci, including calendars maintained on Dr. Fauci’s behalf,” the organizations said in a joint statement.
“[We are also looking] for calendars or calendar entries created electronically, the records should include the names of invitees, notes, and other attachments for a given entry,” they added.
HHS admitted it identified some 1,200 pages relevant to the request, meaning only 4% of the content was released at the time of publication.
“They admitted to holding 1,200 pages that were subject to the request and 3,000 pages of line-by-line royalty payments,” Andrzejewski said according to Fox News. “Every line is a potential conflict of interest, and there are up to 1,000 NIH scientists receiving royalty payments—it is legal but it should be disclosed.”
NIH has since voluntarily agreed to gradually disclose all of the documents. However, it can only process about 300 pages each month. OpenTheBooks estimates the pages could take at least 14 months to release.