In June 2021, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) was among the first elected officials to suggest that then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci may have profited financially from his COVID-19 guidance.

Although he took some grief for the suggestion at the time, more and more had come out in the nearly two years since suggesting it was at least possible.

At the time, Carl said, "My business side of my brain tells me there is more to this," he said. "My common sense is it's going to be well-covered up, I should say. Us getting an answer is not necessarily expected. But with that said — we have so many bureaucrats that run so much of the government. I think it is a fine opportunity for us as taxpayers to ask our bureaucrats, 'Did you make money off of this?'"

Since then, Republicans have assumed control of the U.S. House of Representatives and are engaging in oversight investigations to uncover potential wrongdoing by the federal government, including Anthony Fauci.

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Carl insisted those efforts on Fauci were still on House Republicans' radar.

"[I]t's virtually impossible to get access to his private funds and how he invests," Carl said. "I was the first one to bring up the fact, and I'll never forget it, riding down Airport Boulevard, that there is a financial interest here. You know, that's what this is about is a financial interest. It's not going by the wayside. There's so much flying around up here. That was my biggest fear in another conversation I had with you — I don't want to chase too many rabbits. I want to focus on three or four. Let's get those accomplished and move on. But it seems to be a totally different scenario up here. Everything is being investigated. Everything is being looked at. And the American public wants it that way. I'm not saying that."

"But it's hard. I've got three committee meetings going at the same time. I'm literally — thank God they're all on one hall — and I'm running from door to door for about three hours trying to make these committee meetings because there is just so much going on," he added. "We had 34 committee meetings — not me personally — held in one day, one day. We're looking into stuff. We're talking about stuff."

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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