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US Marshal protection for Dr Fauci now ‘winding down’ after death threat spike

Dr. Anthony Fauci has had the protection of federal marshals for many years, but that security is now being “scaled back,” Fox News reported.

A source briefed on Dr. Fauci’s security told Fox News that a wind-down is imminent, but did not provide details on when it would end. The National Institutes of Health requested security for Dr. Fauci in 2020, and he has been under federal marshal protection since then.

Marshals continued to protect Fauci after he left office following his recent testimony before Congress, noting that he has received numerous death threats since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

News of the cutbacks comes after Republicans blasted Dr Fauci for still having taxpayer-funded security and argued his complaints about death threats were an attempt to solicit sympathy.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has had the protection of federal marshals for many years, but that protection is now being “wound up,” Fox News Digital has learned. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Fauci testified before Congress this month, and lawmakers on the House Select Subcommittee on COVID-19 Oversight grilled him throughout the hearing, which focused on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 6-foot social distancing rule, mask-wearing for schoolchildren and other pandemic-era restrictions.

Fauci answered in the affirmative each time asked by Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) whether the business closures, church closures, school closures and stay-at-home orders were justified, adding, “Again, this was when we were trying to stop the tsunami of deaths that was happening early on, and how long that lasted is up for debate.”

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Fauci testified before Congress this month. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin/File)

“Should children under the age of five be required to wear masks? Is there scientific evidence to support that?” the lawmaker asked.

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“There have been no studies on putting masks on children before,” Fauci said. “We couldn’t do studies. We had to deal with an epidemic that was killing 4,000 to 5,000 Americans a day.”

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas), pictured, grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House hearing.

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas), pictured, grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)

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The Republican-led subcommittee has been investigating the country’s response to the pandemic for more than a year and whether U.S.-funded research in China played a role in its beginning. Democrats opened the hearing by saying the investigation so far has found no evidence of wrongdoing by Dr. Fauci and that the U.S. missed a critical opportunity to prepare for the next outbreak.

Fox News’ Daniel Wallace contributed to this report.

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