Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday while on Fox News, explaining the new criminal referral to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Paul alleges that newly uncovered emails from 2020 show Fauci lied to Congress in 2021, sending an official criminal referral to the DOJ. One email shows Fauci and other experts expressed concern that the coronavirus was mutated by scientists.
“The suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan,” Fauci wrote in an email, according to a screenshot obtained by RealClearPolitics’ Philip Wegmann. (RELATED: ‘We’re Gonna Change The Rules’: Rand Paul Threatens Oversight Wave Right To Fauci’s Face)
07/21: @RandPaul: “Do you still claim NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?”
Fauci: “I’ve never lied before Congress..”
Making animal viruses more transmissible isn’t GoF, he said adding, “Sen. Paul you don’t know what you are talking about.”
Fauci (in private): pic.twitter.com/TMBVZNcRFX
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) July 29, 2023
“So what happens now because [Fauci] said in front of you there’s no gain-of-function research, it might be semantics, his definition of gain-of-function might be different than yours, and you can go into that, and now this email is resurfacing,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked.
“There’s probably never been a government official caught more red-handed, lying to us,” Paul said. “He has proved the lie in his own words. So at first he kind of acted like ‘Oh we don’t have anything to do with the research over there, we don’t fund the research in Wuhan, so we found the actual scientific papers, we found the grant number proving it came from his agency. And then he said, ‘Oh well, we’re funding it, but it’s not gain-of-function. My experts up and down have looked at this and it’s not gain-of-function.’ We have contemporaneous documents, documents from February of 2020 in the height of the beginning of the pandemic, where he is saying privately ‘We’re suspicious that this virus could have come from the lab because they’re doing gain-of-function research.’ He describes the projects, that I had described to him a year later, which he said ‘Oh, there’s nothing to see here.’ We have in his own words admitting it was gain of function, admitting they funded it and admitting it gave them suspicion to the possibility this pandemic came from the lab.”
“We have him dead to rights, the problem is this: we have Merrick Garland who I think is a pure-rank partisan. I don’t think he’ll ever be prosecuted. We also have a Democrat Party that is happy to have paid him more than the president, more than any president makes and he actually got a million dollars from a private foundation while he was still a public servant. Everything about this is rotten to the core and if we don’t bring him to justice we’ll never get the control we need on this type of research to try and prevent it from happening again,” Paul continued.
Paul explained the referral to the DOJ is for lying to Congress and can carry a five-year sentence. Paul said Fauci made a “judgment error.”
Fauci has denied ever lying to Congress, telling Paul during a 2021 hearing that he doesn’t “know what [he’s] talking about.”
The National Institutes of Health admitted in 2021 they did in fact fund gain-of-function research through EcoAlliance. The discovery came just weeks after Paul initially sent a criminal referral to the DOJ over questioning of the gain-of-function research.