sen. Rand Paul said he will send a letter to the Justice Department requesting a criminal investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice requesting a criminal referral for lying to Congress. We have scientists lined up by the dozen to say that the research he funded was profit or function,” Kentucky Republican Fauci’s Sean Hannity told the “Hannity” program Tuesday night.
“He’s doing this because it’s in his own interest to cover his tracks and hide his connection to the Wuhan lab,” Paul continued.
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Paul’s interview comes after he and Fauci had another heated argument at a Senate hearing Tuesday, when the two accusations of “lying” about gain-of-function research in a lab in Wuhan emerged as the origins of the coronavirus.
The NIH and NIAID have said they have supported grants for research into viruses in bats, but have never funded profit-or-function research into coronaviruses and human transmissibility.
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“Dr. Fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, would you retract your May 11 statement claiming that the NIH never funded job gain research in Wuhan?” Paul asked the director of NIAID at one point in the hearing. The comment came after he paper on research into bat coronaviruses, citing Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, that the “research matches, indeed embodies the definition of gain-of-function research.”
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“I have never lied to Congress and I am not withdrawing that statement,” Fauci said.
“You honestly don’t know what you’re talking about and I want to say that officially,” Fauci added.
Paul claimed Fauci was “dancing around” with the definition of gain-of-function research because he is “trying to cover up responsibility for 4 million people dying from a pandemic around the world.”
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Paul added in his interview with Hannity that Fauci doesn’t deserve all of the “blame” for the pandemic, saying “there’s still some conjecture about whether or not it came from the lab.”
“But he’s lying about whether or not he funded job gain research, and yes, he should be punished.”
Fauci’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Paul’s intention to send a letter to the Justice Department.