In another extraordinary confrontation today in CongressWhite House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci told Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, “I have not lied to Congress, I have never lied. Certainly not before Congress. CASE CLOSED. “
The Republican politician attacked the career scientist on the issue of “function gain research”, a canard among those who blame China for the coronavirus pandemic and subscribe to the theory – not counted by official sources – that Covid-19 may having escaped a laboratory in Wuhan.
“Viruses that only infect animals in nature have been manipulated in the Wuhan laboratory to achieve the function of infecting humans,” Paul said at a hearing of the Health, Education, Work and Pensions Committee. of the Senate. “This research fits the definition of research that the [National Institutes of Health] said it was subject to the hiatus from 2014 to 2017, a hiatus in earning-of-function funding, but the NIH failed to recognize it, defines it far away, and has never been screened.
Referring to previous clashes with Fauci, Paul added: “Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, wishes to retract his May 11 statement in which he claimed that the NIH never funded research on the gain of functions. ? “
Fauci said, “Senator Paul, I have never lied in front of Congress, and I am not withdrawing this statement. This document you refer to has been judged by qualified personnel, up and down the chain, as not a gain of function.
From there, things got worse.
“Senator Paul,” Fauci said, “you don’t know what you’re talking about, frankly, and I mean, officially, you don’t know what you’re talking about. “
Paul said, “The evidence indicates that [the virus] he came from the laboratory, there will be the responsibility of those who financed the laboratory, including yourself ”.
Fauci said he “totally resentful”[ed] the lie that’s spreading now, Senator, ”prompting Paul to say,“ Nobody says those viruses caused the pandemic. We are saying that they are gain-of-function viruses because they are rare animal viruses that have become more transmissible to humans and you have funded them.
Visibly angry, Fauci replied: “You’re implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. I totally resented it. If there’s anyone lying here, Senator, that’s you. “
Paul’s time was up, but Tina Smith, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, spotted the possibility of a political rapprochement and asked Fauci if “there [was] anything else you would like to say to counter these attacks on your integrity that we have all just witnessed ”.
“Well, Senator,” Fauci said, “thank you … this is a pattern that Senator Paul has now followed in multiple hearings based on none of the realities. He was talking about gain of function, this has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people. not to fall within the definition of gain-of-function.
“I didn’t lie before Congress. I’ve never lied. Certainly not before Congress. CASE CLOSED. “
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