Last week, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci got into another back and forth. This time, the dispute happened during Fauci’s congressional testimony this past Tuesday.
Reviewing the dispute over NIH funding gain of function research
On multiple times, Sen. Paul questioned Fauci about NIH funding gain of function research. More precisely, the Republican lawmaker pressed Fauci regarding claims that money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) went towards gain of function research for a Chinese lab in Wuhan.
Fauci repeatedly denied this; however, Paul wasn’t convinced. The Republican senator noted the reality that NIH money went to the EcoHealth Alliance; shortly thereafter, the EcoHealth Alliance funded a Chinese Wuhan lab that carried out gain of function research.
Despite these facts, Fauci continued to assert that NIH never funded gain of function research. Paul, in turn, reminded Fauci that lying before Congress is a crime; the senator also vowed that he would criminally refer Fauci to the Justice Department.
Over the weekend, Sen. Paul did precisely that, following through on his word.
Paul’s criminal referral to the Department of Justice
The Kentucky senator was not bluffing when he announced his plans to direct a criminal referral to the Justice Department. Last week, Paul urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to probe Fauci on a criminal level.
Due to the connection between NIH funds, the EcoHealth Alliance, and a Wuhan lab conducting gain of function research, Paul maintained that Fauci lied before Congress. Therefore, the senator believes it is appropriate for Garland to criminally review Fauci and his congressional testimony.
Surging tension between Paul, Fauci
Sen. Paul and Tony Fauci have butted heads on numerous occasions.
The Republican lawmaker has slammed Fauci for ignoring natural immunity science and getting multiple details wrong about COVID. Ultimately, Paul maintains that Fauci is a dishonest individual with an agenda outside of sharing unbiased details on COVID.
During Fauci’s latest congressional testimony, he displayed visible irritation towards Sen. Paul. Fauci furthermore made it known that he “resents” Paul’s assertions that the NIH did, in fact, fund gain of function research.