Even as White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci appears to be shifting his focus toward the monkeypox outbreak, critics are not letting him off the hook for his questionable comments at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has frequently sparred with Fauci over the past two years, recently took aim once again over the suspected role that the infectious disease expert played in paving the way for COVID-19 to escape from a Chinese lab in 2019 and spread across the world over the following several months.
Although Fauci initially insisted that the National Institutes of Health did not fund any so-called gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the facility in Wuhan, subsequent evidence casts doubt on his assurances. During a recent Senate committee hearing, Paul was blunt in his assessment of the situation.
“Dr. Fauci is not being honest with us,” the senator said, adding that he is sure that “the NIH funded gain-of-function research.”
Paul went on to take part in a Fox News Channel interview during which he reiterated his belief that Fauci intentionally misled the American people. He also questioned why no Democratic lawmakers bothered to show up for the hearing.
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 5, 2022
Citing evidence that “Fauci has been lying to us,” Paul told host Jesse Watters that a trio of scientists testified that the U.S. funded “dangerous research” in Wuhan.
“Two of the three absolutely said it was ‘gain of function, he said. “The third said it was dangerous research and should have gone before a committee.”
Paul said it “wasn’t true” when Fauci claimed that the research had been reviewed and cleared to continue, adding: “There was a committee that was formed after 2017 to look at this dangerous research. They didn’t look at this research at all because they never reviewed it. So no one reviewed this to say it wasn’t gain-of-function research.”
Furthermore, the Kentucky Republican noted that all the details about this committee have been kept tightly under wraps.
“We don’t know the names,” he said. “We don’t know that they ever meet and we don’t have any records of their meetings.”
Although Fauci has enjoyed an elevated status among progressive politicos and many mainstream media personalities, Paul has been a frequent thorn in the longtime bureaucrat’s side throughout the ongoing pandemic.
In November, the senator took issue with Fauci’s claim that his critics were “anti-science.”
As Paul tweeted at the time: “The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.”