Fauci Thinks He Dodged The GOP Bullet But Paul Snapped: 'We're Not Done With Him Yet'
While discussing Biden's potentially dangerous move yet with Russia, Sen Rand Paul broke away to send a little message to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The pandemic doctor to a quick retirement ahead of January when the GOP takes over the House and Paul wants him to know that's not going to save him.
The segment on Fox News began with Paul disguising Biden's insane trade with Russia where he swapped a notorious arms dealer for an anti-American basketball player who was taken prisoner in Russia earlier this year on drug charges. Biden notably left a US marine behind and opened America up to potential hostage situations from terrorist organizations.
While Paul slammed Biden he also took a moment to remind everyone that the Republican leadership is pursuing inquiries into the "judgment" of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the departing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), particularly with regard to his involvement in the COVID-19 pandemic's genesis.
"We're not done with him yet," Paul said. "I think Dr. Fauci actually made one of the worst judgments in modern medical history by funding for over a decade of dangerous gain-of-function research, which many of us believe leaked from the lab, inadvertently."
In order to develop preventative treatments for fatal diseases, gain-of-function research frequently requires purposely altering viruses to make them more hazardous or communicable. According to Senate Republicans, coronavirus research in Wuhan—which Fauci disputes—could be to blame for an outbreak at the facility that results in a pandemic over the world.
Gain-of-function research funding was halted by the Obama administration in 2014 to "assess the potential risks and benefits," but was reinstated by the NIH in 2017.
In a letter sent to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy in November, five Republican senators demanded a new pause on gain-of-function research, stating that it is vital to more thoroughly evaluate its risks in light of the pandemic.
"For the past decade, [Fauci's] been an advocate of gain-of-function research. This debate started around 2010. He came down as a firm advocate for publishing this dangerous research and continuing to fund it," Paul told co-anchor Sandra Smith.
"And this was a really, really bad mistake in judgment, and it may well have led to the deaths of 6 million people."
According to government documents obtained by The Intercept, the NIH during Fauci's tenure at the NIAID funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"It does connect Dr. Fauci to the origins of the pandemic. His support for this type of research without sufficient controls, without sufficient background and vetting of the projects, may well have led to one of the greatest man-made catastrophes in modern history," Paul said.
"He should apologize to the American people, but he should start telling the truth. He's been lying from the beginning."