Senator Rand Paul once again took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci after a bombshell report that the career bureaucrat was instrumental in the funding of dangerous experimental research at the Chinese lab that many believe was the source of COVID-19.
The Kentucky Republican took to social media and in an appearance on Fox News to double down on Fauci after release of the report, renewing a call for the Justice Department to launch an investigation over the truth of Fauci’s congressional testimony.
The report was based on 900 pages of documents that were pried loose in a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept that show the National Institutes of Health, which Fauci has headed up since Ronald Reagan’s first term in office, provided money for the gain-of-function research on viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through grants to the EcoHealth Alliance, which he has denied.
Paul, who badly rattled Fauci during congressional testimony in July, quickly responded to the story, tweeting “Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again” and that he was “right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.”
Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again
And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.
Read this thread and the papers released. https://t.co/zQizKXLdbd
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 7, 2021
Paul’s questioning of Fauci in July resulted in an uncharacteristic outburst from President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, who is used to scripted television appearances where he takes softball questions from fawning talking heads, and he melted down, accusing the senator of being a liar.
Dr. Fauci to Rand Paul: “Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about…And if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.” pic.twitter.com/ksrDKRiKvA
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 20, 2021
But the Intercept story vindicates Paul and shows that, despite his angry response, that it is the truth-challenged Fauci who is the fibber.
Senator Paul also announced that he has asked the Justice Department to review Fauci’s testimony to determine whether he lied to Congress, a suggestion that he has previously made.
“I have already asked the DOJ to review Fauci’s testimony for lying to Congress. This report should make it abundantly clear that he needs to be held accountable,” he tweeted Tuesday.
Paul appeared on Fox News where he discussed the latest developments with host Sean Hannity.
(Video: Fox News)
“It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail. We’ve referred it to the Department of Justice. I don’t think Biden’s Department of Justice will do anything with it but yes, it is very dangerous to have public officials who we need to have trust in coming and lying to us, but he has lied dozens of times,” he said during Tuesday’s episode of ‘Hannity.’
He added, “Usually, he tells us that it’s for our own good but yes, he has dissembled, he has obfuscated—there’s other nicer words—but he has definitely lied to the American public and he should be held responsible but not just that,” he said, “The judgment that we should continue to fund this lab and—that the virus in all likelihood came from the lab. I think it’s such incredibly poor judgment that he should be immediately removed.”
Twitter reacted and it wasn’t favorable to Fauci.
Lock Fauci and his handlers up then throw away the key. He’s a highly paid actor riddled with financial conflicts of interest from the start.
— Matthew Loop (@matthewloop) September 7, 2021
So when will Congress charge him with perjury?
— ScottAllanCole (@scottallancole) September 7, 2021
Rand Paul was right. Fauci lied on national television.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) September 7, 2021
Remember when Fauci freaked out at Rand Paul and accused him of lying? Turns out Fauci was the one lying.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) September 7, 2021
Fauci lied to Congress, which is a crime. When @RandPaul gave him the opportunity to retract, Fauci feigned indignation, doubled down on previous false statements, and accused Sen. Paul of lying.
This doesn’t end well for Fauci. https://t.co/cjmvG9Sn0X
— Tyler Cardon (@TyCardon) September 7, 2021
It’s only Wednesday and Fauci is already having a terrible week after he was given a big middle finger by maskless college football fans who packed stadiums over the weekend, sending him a message that outside of the Beltway and television studios, normal Americans have little use for his tiresome act.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham noted that Fauci “did not approve of all the whooping and hollering” as she addressed the fearmongering.
(Video: Fox News)
It was a message that did not go over well with him and during a CNN appearance, he huffed that the massive crowds will have America “stuck in outbreak mode” and predicted more vaccine mandates in advance of Biden’s big speech on a new plan to combat the Delta variant.
Fauci has never had it so good after COVID catapulted him from relative obscurity into fame and fortune but there are increasing signs that it isn’t going to end well for him despite the cultlike devotion that he has drawn from his followers and the protection that the media provides.
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