Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and now President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, hasn’t always been truthful with the American people. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks one particular prevarication should carry criminal penalties.
Paul chastised Fauci at a hearing for his previous contradictory statements about the origin of the novel coronavirus, Breitbart reported. During a May 11 hearing, Fauci claimed the National Institutes of Health didn’t fund gain of function research that some say created it — but evidence suggests otherwise.
During the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions hearing Tuesday, Paul dogged Fauci with questions about his previous assertions. “Dr. Fauci, as you are aware it is a crime to lie to Congress,” the Senator asked regarding the NIH’s funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. “And yet, gain-of-function research was done entirely in the Wuhan Institute … and was funded by the NIH,” Paul said.
He cited a paper from the Chinese institution titled “Discovery of a Rich Gene Pool of Bat SARS-Related Coronaviruses” where one of the authors “credits the NIH and lists the actual number of the grant that she was given by the NIH,” Paul said. “In this paper, she took two bat coronavirus genes, spiked genes, and combined them with a SARS-related backbone to create new viruses that are not found in nature,” he pointed out.
Paul went on to summarize how the experiments fit with gain of function definition, combining “genetic information from different coronaviruses that infect animals but not humans to create novel artificial viruses able to infect human cells,” Paul said. “Viruses that in nature, only infect animals were manipulated in the Wuhan lab to gain the function of infecting humans,” Paul continued.
Paul then cited Rutgers’ University molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright who said that research matched the “definition of gain of function research done entirely in Wuhan for which there was supposed to be a federal pause” before going in for the kill shot. “Dr. Fauci knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan?”
Of course, Fauci only doubled down on his original assertion. “Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci replied. “This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain 0f function — let me finish!” he admonished Paul who would not relent.
“You take an animal virus and you increase this transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain of function?” Paul asked. Fauci deflected and attempted to simply dismiss his claim, stating he wanted to “say that officially: You do not know what you are talking about” though Paul was able to produce the damning studies from WIV that credited the NIH’s funding.
“It’s a dance, and you’re dancing around this because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for four million people dying around the world from a pandemic,” Paul said of Fauci’s circumlocution.
Paul makes a compelling argument that Fauci was purposely dodging the important questions about what was happening in the Wuhan lab and how the U.S. government appeared to provide the funding for it. If true, it still remains to be seen whether he will in fact face criminal penalties, especially considering the exalted place he holds in the Biden administration and in the media.