This past Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci fired serious criticism at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for a series of comments he made that suggested that he lied to Congress when he claimed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
Paul started the argumentative exchange by issuing statements that implied that Fauci had perjured himself when he had last testified in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee back on May 11th.
“Dr. Fauci, as you are aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress,” stated Paul, going on to add that such a crime would be a felony that is punishable by up to five years in jail. “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.”
In a reference to a paper written by Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Virology Lab, which made the claim that NIH did, in fact, provide funding her research into the SARS-related coronaviruses, Paul questioned, “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,” responded an increasingly more visibly angry Fauci. “This paper that you are referring was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”
Paul then interrupted with his own statement: “You take an animal virus and you increase transmissibility to human, you’re saying that is not gain of function?”
“That is correct,” Fauci stated in reply, before sparking another rant aimed at Paul himself. “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 continued on to make statements that seemed to allege that Fauci was skirting around the definition of “gain-of-function research” to “obscure responsibility” for the whole pandemic.
“We don’t know,” Paul stated in reference to the beginnings of the coronavirus outbreaks. “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,” Fauci stated 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
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