Senator Rand Paul promised to send Dr. Anthony Fauci for criminal refer to the Department of Justice and, on Monday, he officially did.
The referral examines whether Fauci, as head of the National Institutes of Health, funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Paul is requesting a DOJ investigation into the issue.
Fauci previously told Paul in a hearing that the National Institutes of Health “has not every and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Last week, Senator Paul asked Fauci if he’d like to retract the statement adding, “as you are aware it is a crime to lie to Congress.”
Fauci said he would not retract the statement. He said he had never lied to Congress and added, “you do not know what you’re talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially.”
Yet, Fauci has admitted that the U.S. sent funds for bat coronavirus research to Wuhan. Telling CNN, as recently as this weekend, that not doing so would have been “negligent.”
Meanwhile, various emails from February, March and April 2020 indicate that Fauci was aware that the Wuhan Institute may have been responsible for a lab leak of coronavirus, but instead, he told the media and the world it likely originated in a wet market. Fauci says his emails were “taken out of context.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland can choose to deny Senator Paul’s request
In an interview with WBKO, Senator Paul explained his reasoning:
I think he has self-interest and not being attached to this research, because more and more of the evidence is pointing towards the virus having come out of that lab, if it did, you can see how moral responsibility or culpability attaches to Dr. Fauci because he had the poor judgment to fund this lab. So I think it was a mistake to fund the lab in Wuhan period, because I don’t think the Chinese government or military has been very forthcoming.
There are reports that the Chinese military has actually been working on weaponizing viruses. So I think it was a poor judgment. Even as much as a month ago, Dr. Fauci was asking the Judiciary Committee whether he still trusted the scientists and the Chinese scientists. And he says, ‘Oh, of course.’ He was also asked in 2012, if a bug should escape, if a virus should infect a researcher, escape and become a pandemic, what then? And he said, ‘Well, the science and the research is worth it, even if a pandemic should occur.’ So this to me shows incredibly poor judgment, not wisdom, poor judgment. And really, there’s a possibility we are suffering from his poor judgment.
This research still goes on in the United States, we should want to know, you know if the NIH is still funding this type of research in North Carolina? And in Galveston, do we want this to occur? Are we worried that we could have the worst virus leak out of the lab? So these are important questions, and instead of really answering any of the direct questions I had, it became sort of an ad hominem attack with him simply calling names.