Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has been at the center of controversy since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, but newly released documents have ratcheted up that criticism even more.
Critics are now calling for Fauci to be charged with perjury, arguing that newly released documents appear to show that the infectious disease expert funded research that directly led to the outbreak of COVID.
Fauci has denied these kinds of claims in the past. So far, he has not yet responded to these new reports.
First among Fauci’s critics has been Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who even called for a criminal referral for the infectious disease expert.
“Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again,” Sen. Paul said. “And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.”
House Republicans reacted sharply to the documents, first published by the Intercept.
“These NIH grant documents further indicate that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins have broken trust with the American people,” the Republicans said in a statement. “For months, Dr. Fauci dismissed any consideration of the lab leak theory despite, or perhaps because of, his agency’s involvement in risky coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab. Dr. Collins has repeatedly denied what these documents now show. This is why we began asking these questions in March. Unfortunately, Dr. Collins and the Biden Administration have refused to comply with our oversight.
“If NIH, NIAID, and EcoHealth Alliance had been transparent about research being conducted at the Wuhan lab from the beginning, perhaps it would have aided in our response to the global pandemic. But, every step of the way they have chosen to obfuscate and mislead.
“The American people deserve answers. Understanding how this pandemic started is one of the most critical public health questions of our time. To better prepare and prevent the next one, we must learn how this one began. These documents raise more questions about what kind of risky research Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins have been funding and what other information they refuse to give us. We will continue our pursuit of the truth and will not stop until we get answers the American people deserve.”