Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Sen. Paul Sending Criminal Referral of Fauci to Department of Justice

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday sent a criminal referral of Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice, in the aftermath of their contentious back-and-forth during a congressional hearing. The letter urges Attorney General Merrick Garland to probe Fauci over comments he made during a May congressional hearing. Fauci during the hearing claimed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” However, according to typical gain of function definitions, including one offered by Fauci in 2012, a study published in 2017 by Wuhan researchers would be considered such research. “I ask that you investigate whether Dr. Fauci’s statements to Congress” violate federal law, Paul wrote in the letter. The senator accused Fauci of lying during a Senate hearing earlier in the day, a charge Fauci has disputed. At issue is funding Fauci’s agency gave …

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