Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Dr. Anthony Fauci will be responsible for future pandemic deaths because he damaged the credibility of scientists and doctors.
Cruz shared his concerns during an interview with "Verdict" co-host Ben Ferguson after a recent report from the Department of Energy that claims the COVID-19 pandemic was likely due to a lab leak in China.
Dr. Fauci has completely damaged the credibility of scientists and doctors.
He is also one of the most dangerous bureaucrats in American history! pic.twitter.com/bso9869BfU
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 28, 2023
“I have asked Attorney General Merrick Garland whether he intended to prosecute Fauci and he dodges those questions,” Cruz said in reference to allegations that Fauci lied to Congress.
“He refuses to answer those questions. I’ve asked the FBI, they dodge those questions. Look, Fauci flat out told Congress under oath that the federal government was not funding gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute for Virology. … NIH, in writing, confirmed that they were funding gain of function research," he added.
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) February 28, 2023
Cruz also shared his views attacking Fauci in interviews on Fox News and Newsmax on Tuesday.
"Dr. Fauci is the most dangerous bureaucrat to ever serve in the United States government," he said during "National Report" on Newsmax.
Will Fauci be prosecuted?
Will the Biden DOJ put politics above the law?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 1, 2023
During his "Verdict" podcast, Cruz also criticized the Chinese communist government for its role in the pandemic.
“If the entire COVID pandemic is the result of manmade changes to a virus to make it more dangerous to people, that is, number one, a powerful warning to stop screwing around and creating the next horrific pandemic that could result in a much, much higher death toll and potentially millions and millions dead,” Cruz said.
“But number two, it goes straight to the culpability of the Chinese Communist government. … One of the most damning facts is that we know the Chinese lab destroy their samples immediately after the pandemic happened," he added.
The report is likely to lead to an additional investigation by the House Oversight Committee, with Fauci perhaps coming out of retirement to testify over the issue.
The pandemic may largely be over but the debate surrounding it is not. Cruz and others are out for answers, blaming Fauci for his response to the virus.