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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he will make a criminal referral to the Department of Justice against Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During an interview Tuesday night on Fox News, Paul told host Sean Hannity that Fauci, the head of the infectious diseases department at NIH, lied to Congress about NIH funding sent to Wuhan, China.
“You kicked off your questioning of Dr. Fauci emphasizing federal law makes lying to Congress a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Is it your belief based on the evidence, senator, that he lied before Congress and broke the law?” Hannity asked Paul.
“Yes, and I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he has lied to Congress,” Paul answered.
Earlier on Tuesday, Paul blistered Fauci during a hearing before the U.S Senate.
Things heated up when Paul accused Fauci of “lying” about the gain of function research at the Wuhan lab being financed by the United States.
Paul asked Fauci if he wanted to retract his previous statement before Congress that the “NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan,” citing that lying to Congress is a crime
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci said, noting that the research Paul talked about was “judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.”
“When you take an animal virus, and you increase its transmissibility to humans—you’re saying that’s not gain-of-function research?” Paul saidTop of Form
“Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, and I want to say that officially,” Fauci said.
“It says that ‘scientific research that increases the transmissibility among animals is gain-of-function,’” he said. The Wuhan researchers “took animal viruses…then increased their transmissibility to humans. How you can say that is not gain-of-function—it’s a dance, and you’re dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for four million people around the world dying from a pandemic.”
“How can you say that’s not gain-of-function? It’s a dance and you’re dancing around this because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic,” the senator hit back, cutting Fauci off.
“Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about.”
— Dr. Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accuses him of lying to Congress about gain-of-function research in Wuhan lab. pic.twitter.com/aGhn3ua9r0
— The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021
Fauci was livid with the senator.
“If the point that you are making is that the grant that was funded as a subaward … created SARS-COV-2, that’s where you are getting,” he said as Paul cut him off again.
“We don’t know … but all the evidence is pointing that it came from the lab and there will be responsible for those that funded the lab, including yourself,” the senator said, noting that while “nobody is saying” what was created in the Wuhan lab caused the pandemic the lab was still doing gain of function research that was, in part, paid for by the NIH.
“I totally resent the lie you are now propagating, senator,” the epidemiologist said, noting that it is molecularly impossible the research that the NIH funded was responsible for the creation of SARS-CoV-2.
“You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals, I totally resent that and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you,” he said.