Senator Rand Paul is making good on his promise to send a criminal referral on Dr. Anthony Fauci to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Last week, Sen. Paul said after a heated exchange with Fauci he would be recommending that Garland open a criminal investigation into testimonyFauci made in front of the Senate claiming the National Institutes of Health never funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute.
The Washington Examiner reports:
At issue in Paul’s criminal referral is Fauci’s testimony before Congress on May 11, when he denied under oath that the NIH funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. Paul pointed to NIH grants going to the EcoHealth Alliance, which then provided funding to the Wuhan lab that a Trump State Department fact sheet contended carried out secretive gain-of-function experiments and worked with China’s military. At the time, Fauci told Paul: “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“I write to urge the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on May 11, 2021,” Paul wrote to Garland.
NIH’s RePORTER website said the agency provided $15.2 million to Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance over the years, with $3.74 million toward understanding bat coronavirus emergence. Daszak maintained a long working relationship with Wuhan lab “bat lady” Shi Zhengli, sending her lab at least $600,000 in NIH funding. Daszak was also part of the World Health Organization-China team that dismissed the lab leak hypothesis as “extremely unlikely” earlier this year.
During a tense back-and-forth, Sen. Paul accused Fauci of deliberately lying before Congress over gain-of-function funding. Fauci adamantly claimed he had not lied and that Sen. Paul “does not know what he is talking about.”
“If anyone is lying here, senator, it is you,” Fauci told Paul, adding, “This has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people to not fall under the gain-of-function definition. I have not lied before Congress.”