Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., criminally referred Doctor Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice for alleging lying during his Senate testimony.

Dr. Fauci directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 38 years before his 2022 retirement. Fauci, also formerly the president’s chief medical advisor, testified NIH did not fund gain of function research.

Senator Paul’s referral is primarily based on a February 2020 email, in which Fauci discussed the possibility that the COVID-19 virus mutations were intentionally created rather than naturally occurring in bats.

The wording of the email appears to conflict with Fauci’s earlier assertions denying the funding for gain-of-function research when questioned by Sen. Paul.

“This directly contradicts everything he said in committee hearing to me, denying absolutely that they funded any gain of function, and it’s absolutely a lie,” Paul said. “That’s why I sent an official criminal referral to the DOJ.”

Below the caption of his July 29 Twitter post, the senator included a screen capture of the email below a Senate exchange between Paul and Fauci.

RealClearNews White House reporter Philip Wegmann noted Paul asked, in July 2021, if Fauci still claimed NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

“I’ve never lied before Congress,” Mr. Wegmann quoted Fauci as responding, adding that making animal viruses more transmissible isn’t gain-of-function.

“Sen. Paul you don’t know what you are talking about.”


Wegman followed that exchange with an image of the February 1, 2020 email Paul based his criminal referal of Fauci upon.

The Kentucky Republican noted the email discussed a call between Fauci and a British medical expert. Francis Collins, former National Human Genome Research Institute director, and other “highly credible” experts in evolutionary biology joined the call, Paul said.

The scientists expressed concern because, “there were mutations in the virus that would be most unusual to have evolved naturally in the bats and that there was a suspicion that this mutation was intentionally inserted.”

“The suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan,” Fauci wrote.

In contentious Senate hearings, Paul claimed the viruses developed in the Wuhan laboratory had acquired the capacity to infect humans.

Fauci disputed the senator’s the definition of “gain-of-function,” which led to further differences between the two.

Senator Paul accused Dr. Fauci of lying to Congress and referenced NIH-funded research involving bat coronaviruses.

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