(ReliableNews.org) – Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci have been feuding for months, and now the lawmaker is taking action. It started in May when the doctor claimed the US does not fund gain-of-function research in China. Since then, he has maintained that position, even though evidence suggests he’s wrong. The disagreement between Fauci and Paul came to a head during a Senate hearing where the two men shouted at each other.
On July 21, the Washington Examiner reported Paul sent a request to Attorney General Merrick Garland to open an investigation into Fauci. In the letter to the DOJ, Paul urged the department to “open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.” The senator believes the NIAID director lied to Congress during his testimony, which is a crime.
Paul pointed to comments made by molecular biologist Richard Ebright, who claimed research conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology meets the definition of gain-of-function studies.
Attorney General Garland will decide whether or not to open the investigation. He has not responded publicly to the request.
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