U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been a frequent thorn in the side of Dr. Anthony Fauci, and that reputation has not diminished since the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden retired last year.
One particularly contentious debate has involved Fauci’s testimony before the Senate that the United States never funded so-called “gain of function” research at a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where many individuals believe COVID-19 was created and released to the world.
Paul recently cited an email sent in early 2020 as evidence that Fauci lied when he denied such funding. As a result, the Kentucky Republican indicated that he would file a criminal referral with the Justice Department over the alleged lie while under oath.
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. That’s why I sent an official criminal referral to the DOJ. https://t.co/Y191SmMiIr
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 29, 2023
In the damning email, Fauci recounted a conversation with Jeremy Farrar, a medical researcher based in the United Kingdom, during which U.S. health officials acknowledged that the COVID-19 virus was unlikely to have developed in nature.
Members of the task force cited “the sequences of several isolates of the nCoV” showing “mutations in the virus that would be most unusual to have evolved naturally in the bats,” signaling a growing “suspicion that this mutation was intentionally inserted,” according to the email.
The document went on to cite the obvious connection between the outbreak of the virus and the coronavirus laboratory located nearby, despite the fact that Fauci and others in the U.S. repeatedly sought to discredit anyone who mentioned the lab-leak theory.
“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 admitted in the email.
New evidence surfaced this week that seems to add to the scope of the COVID-19 coverup, suggesting that Chinese officials were hiding what they knew about the virus nearly a week before anyone outside of the country knew about its existence.
Rutgers University genetics professor Bryce Nickels highlighted these troubling allegations, asserting: “As more information about the early stages of the pandemic emerges, we see a disturbing pattern of efforts to hide critical information.”