Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is on the offensive against shadowy deals surrounding COVID-19. He has particularly targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci Director of National Institute of Allergens and Infectious Diseases. Paul asked Fauci in May if the NIH funded the Wuhan Virology Institute’s creation of super-viruses.
Fauci flatly denied this, but Paul didn’t believe this because of the evidence he had. Just last week, the NIH corrected Fauci’s assertion and admitted that they had, indeed, funded this very research.
(READ: Rand Paul Takes Well-Deserved Victory Lap After Documents Prove Fauci Lied His A** off to Him)
Paul now wants Fauci to be fired. Fauci lied to congress. His clear lack of judgement also led to devastating pandemics that decimated lives and livelihoods all over the globe.
In an interview with Axios’s Mike Allen, Paul noted that the NIH made it seem like the actual gain-of-function for COVID-19 was an unexpected result and that he didn’t buy that given the actual point of the research was to see if combining viruses resulted in a gain or loss of function.
Paul answered the question clearly: Fauci needs to be fired.
“Well, he should be fired,” said Paul. “Just for lack of judgment if nothing else.”
He’s pretty sure that despite the evidence, Fauci will continue to try to evade trouble by continuing to lie.
“He’s going to continue to disassemble and try to work around the truth and massage the truth,” Paul predicted.
Allen made his own prediction, that Biden wouldn’t fire Fauci, and asked Paul what he and Congress would do in that case. Paul stated that while the Gain-of-function Research is still being conducted, there would be an investigation. However, this will face strong opposition from the Democrats.
Offhandedly, Paul said it’s odd that Democrats don’t seem to care where the virus came from.
Fox News reports that Fauci already took to Fox News to report exactly what Paul had predicted. Fauci claimed on “This Week” on ABC News that no one at the NIH ever lied about the research:
“Neither I nor Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH, lied or misled about what we’ve done,” he said. Fauci said it’s “molecularly impossible for those viruses that were worked on to turn into SARS-CoV-2.”
The problem for Fauci is that the writing’s on the wall. Fauci lied when the NIH acknowledged its participation in gain-of function research. It’s over.
It is true that it’s unlikely anything will happen to Fauci over this…for now. Paul made it clear that Democrats want to defend Fauci. This is not surprising. They’ve put too much stock into Fauci at this point and if he’s wrong then they’re wrong. If he’s the villain, then they’ll share that villain status with him.
However, with midterms quickly approaching it’s unlikely that Fauci will continue to enjoy this protection for much longer. It’s estimated that Republicans will gain many seats in both the House and the Senate. The Republicans may at that time be able activate investigations and hearings to force Fauci openly about his lies.
At that point, the press and White House may have to work overtime to keep Fauci in the public’s good graces, or if it gets too hot, pretend they’re just as flabbergasted as everyone else and proceed to abandon Fauci to the wolves.
Regardless, Fauci would be wise to resign on his own accord very, very soon, because his future doesn’t look very bright.
Particularly with Paul along his trail.