Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has officially requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland open up a criminal investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top expert concerning infectious diseases, after he accused him of lying to Congress.
Fauci, who currently serves as the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has stated repeatedly that the National Institutes of Health did not fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which Sen. Paul says is a lie.
“I write to urge the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on May 11, 2021,” Paul wrote to the attorney general in the referral.
He also said that a 2017 paper on experiments done at the lab that cited an NIAID award also included research “in which the spike genes from two uncharacterized bat SARS-related coronavirus strains, Rs4231 and Rs7327, were combined with the genomic backbone of another SARS-related coronavirus to create novel chimeric SARS-related viruses,” and said “these experiments combined genetic information from different SARS-related coronaviruses and combined them to create novel, artificial viruses able to infect human cells.”
Paul and Fauci recently clashed over this issue during a hearing before Congress last Tuesday, where the senator asked Fauci about his previous statement and said, “as you are aware it is a crime to lie to Congress.”
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function,” Dr. Fauci replied.
Sen. Paul went on to ask, “When you take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain-of-function?”
“That is correct, and Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about,” Fauci answered.
“They’re gain-of-function viruses because they were animal viruses that became more transmissible in humans, and you funded it. You won’t admit the truth,” Paul fired back.
“If anyone is lying here, senator, it is you. This has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people to not fall under the gain-of-function definition. I have not lied before Congress,” Fauci retorted.
Boy, it’ll be interesting to see what Attorney General Garland says about this particular referral, though I don’t expect a whole lot to come of it honestly.