Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY) has criminally referred Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice over his alleged dishonesty during committee hearings.
Paul focused on a 2020 an email in which Fauci spoke of how a number of “highly credible” scientists had expressed concern that mutations in the Coronavirus were intentional, and that “the suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments.”
Paul says that Fauci’s statements in the email represent a direct contradiction of his testimony before the senator while in committee.
“'When Anthony Fauci came before my committee, he said absolutely he funded no gain of function research in China. We have an email where he describes the research they are doing. They said you know what? We are suspicious of the lab because we know they are doing gain of function research.”
“Everything he has been telling us from the very beginning has been a lie,” Paul told Fox News.
Even so, Paul reportedly has acknowledged that the prospect of Fauci actually being held accountable for his actions is not promising. “I have referred him twice to the Attorney General of the United States for prosecution but, as you know, this attorney general is the most partisan AG we've ever had. And it's good luck on getting him to do his job.” Nonetheless, the odds of Fauci facing prosecution have not deterred Paul from attempting to see justice done.
Paul has been at odds with Fauci since Fauci testified before lawmakers in July, 2021.
After Fauci claimed that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology” Paul confronted Fauci with a paper crediting the National Institute of Health that involved the author engaging in gain-of-function research with bat coronaviruses. This prompted Fauci to tell Paul, who was educated at the Duke University School of Medicine, “you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Of course, in the unlikely event that Fauci does face prosecution, a new series of problems will likely arise. After all, if, as Fauci has claimed, “attacks on me are attacks on science” it seems that the media may refer to his prosecution as ‘Science on trial.’
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