Sen. Rand Paul plan to send a criminal referral of Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice

21 July 2021

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Sen. Rand Paul plans to send a criminal referral of Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice, in the aftermath of their contentious back-and-forth during a congressional hearing.

The Kentucky Republican insists Fauci, who is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, lied to Congress about the National Institutes of Health funding gain-of-function research at a lab in Wuhan, China, the place where COVID-19 cases were first reported in 2019.

"We have scientists that will line up by the dozens to say that the research he was funding was gain-of-function. He’s doing this because he has the self-interest to cover his tracks and to cover his connection to Wuhan lab. Now, does he deserve all the blame? No, there’s still some conjecture as to whether or not it came from the lab. But he’s lying about whether or not he funded gain-of-function research, and yes, he should be punished," senator paul said.

Amid a tense exchange with Paul on Tuesday, Fauci denied he lied to Congress during testimony in May when he denied the NIH-funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.

"Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about," he said.

Republicans recently called for Fauci to step down after the release of troves of internal emails obtained by nonprofits and news organizations through Freedom of Information Act requests, but the doctor has thus far refused to do so.

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