WATCH: Fauci accused of lying about Wuhan funding

Rand Paul announced he will be seeking a criminal referral from Department of Justice against Fauci. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been accused of lying to Congress after evidence emerged that the US National Institute of Health (NIH) had funded gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, contrary to the prior claims of the health chief.

Senator Rand Paul quoted a Wuhan researcher, Dr. Shi Zhengli, who claims to have done gain of function research at the laboratory on foot of funding received by the NIH.

Fauci however insisted he had never lied before Congress, and that Paul didn’t know what he was talking about.

“Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claim that the NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan.” Paul asked Fauci.

“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci said.

“This paper that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.”

Paul interrupted however, saying “You take an animal virus, and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain of function?”

“That is correct,” Fauci contended, claiming Senator Paul did “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.”

Fauci also denied that gain of function research referred to by the Wuhan doctor had anything to do with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I want everyone to understand that if you look at those viruses, and that’s judged by qualified virologists and evolutionary biologists, those viruses are molecularly impossible to result in SARS-COVID-2,” he said.

Paul retorted that “no one is saying those viruses caused the pandemic…we’re saying they are gain of function viruses because they were animal viruses that became more transmissible in humans, and you funded it. And you won’t admit the truth.”

Paul, who accused Fauci of being complicit in the deaths of some 4 million people globally because of the funding, was himself accused of lying by the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“And you are implying,” Fauci said, “that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals, and I totally resent that and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.”

Senator Paul later announced on Fox News that he would be sending a criminal referral letter to the DOJ about Dr. Fauci for allegedly lying to Congress.

If prosecuted, such felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison.

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