Senator Rand Paul had absolutely no mercy on Dr. Anthony Fauci during a heated back and forth the two had during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Paul essentially accused Fauci of openly lying to congress regarding US funds which ended up going to coronavirus research institutes in Communist China.
As Fox News reports:
In his questioning of Fauci, Paul stepped close to the line of accusing Fauci of lying to Congress in previous testimony in which he said that the NIAID had never funded gain-of-function research in China. Citing a paper on research about bat coronaviruses, Paul said that U.S. money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to.
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci said. He added that the research Paul referenced was “judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.”
Fauci added: “You do not know what you are talking about quite frankly and I want to say that officially.”
1) GOP KY Sen Paul to Fauci: Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, 2021? Do you still claim that NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan?
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 20, 2021
“You’re dancing around this because you’re trying to obscure responsibility,” Paul added
Fauci appeared to be visibly shaking during his attempted response in which he accused Senator Paul of lying about US funding to Chinese labs:
Rand Paul, MD calmly brings proof of gain of function research conducted by Dr. Shi at the Wuhan Lab, including the NIH funding number. Fauci, shaking and yelling, resorts to insults: “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” – but offers no substantive explanation. #FauciGate
— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) July 20, 2021
Any person who is convicted of lying to Congress can face serious fines and up to five years in prison.