Dr. Anthony Fauci let Sen. Rand Paul have it from both barrels on Tuesday after the Kentucky Republican suggested he lied to Congress when he made the claim that the National Institutes of Health never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.
Paul kicked things off by getting into an exchange by implying that Fauci had perjured himself during his last testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee back on May 11.
“Dr. Fauci, as you are aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress,” Paul went on to say, adding that lying is a felony that could land a person in jail for up to five years. “On your last trip to our committee on May 11, you stated that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Referencing a paper by Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Virology Lab, which claimed the NIH did, in fact, fund her research into SARS-related coronaviruses, Paul asked, “Knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement?”
“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” a clearly angry Fauci replied. “This paper that you are referring was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”
“You take an animal virus and you increase transmissibility to human, you’re saying that is not gain of function?” Paul asked.
“That is correct,” Fauci responded, then taking an opportunity to lash out at Paul. “Senator 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!”
Paul went on to allege that Fauci is dancing around the definition of “gain-of-function research” to “obscure responsibility” for the pandemic.
“We don’t know,” Paul stated, speaking of the origins of the coronavirus. “We don’t know if it did come from the lab, but all the evidence is pointing that it came from the lab, and there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab, including yourself.”
“I totally resent that,” the doctor fired back. “If anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.”
WATCH: Complete exchange between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator @RandPaul.
Dr. Fauci: "Senator 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." pic.twitter.com/2wFbAxicI2
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 20, 2021
Paul then went on to tweet out the paper he entered into the record, saying, “MIT biologist Kevin Esvelt reviewed this paper that was published with financial assistance from Dr. Fauci’s NIH/NIAID and concluded ‘certain techniques that the researchers used seemed to meet the definition of gain-of-function.’”
Yes, Dr. Fauci’s NIH did fund the Wuhan Virology Lab. Here’s the verbatim admission from their chief scientist Dr. Shi Zhengli. pic.twitter.com/wk5mzeLWHR
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 20, 2021
These two have been going at each other for months now, but this is the first time Fauci really responded out of pure emotion. However, the fact remains that we have his emails, which clearly indicate that much of what he suggested be done to stop the spread of the coronavirus didn’t actually work.
Kind of hard to trust a man who is wrong on just about everything involving his job.
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