Dr. Anthony Fauci and National Institutes of Health (NIH) drew heat Thursday over a document that reveals gain-of-function research was funded at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Communist China.
Fauci had previously denied funding gain-of-function before the Senate in May. The NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Fauci claimed.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, “‘I told you so’ doesn’t even begin to cover it here,” referring to his belief that Fauci lied to the Senate about the funding of gain-of-function research.
“I told you so” doesn’t even begin to cover it here: https://t.co/9JFn85I24i
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 21, 2021
Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, tweeted a video of Fauci denying he funded the Wuhan lab’s work. “That is correct,” Fauci replied, when asked by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) if he had not done funded the research.
This clip of @SenJohnKennedy questioning Dr. Fauci in May on ‘gain of function’ research is suddenly worth a re-watch.
Dr. Fauci has some explaining to do. pic.twitter.com/3vFZYXHpS9
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) October 21, 2021
Spencer Brown questioned whether there would be consequences for Fauci lying to the Senate.
Brown pointed out the White House previously defended Fauci from being held accountable. “’No.’ was Psaki’s answer in a June press briefing when asked if she could imagine any circumstance in which Biden would fire Fauci.”
Will there be consequences?
“No.” was Psaki’s answer in a June press briefing when asked if she could imagine any circumstance in which Biden would fire Fauci.
In that same briefing, Psaki repeated Fauci’s denial re: funding gain of function research. https://t.co/3CnQqqSRNb
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) October 21, 2021
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested Fauci knew all along he funded gain of function research at the Wuhan lab. “He should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Cotton added.
He should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. https://t.co/GboEpfwSNq
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 21, 2021
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) also pointed to the revelation and said, “Fauci lied again.”
Evergreen tweet: Fauci lied again. https://t.co/JU0SuvBREf
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) October 21, 2021
Steve Deace called Fauci a “craven liar” and “fiend” for misleading to the Senate committee.
“But to claim ‘yeah he did the dangerous kind of research that likely created Covid-19, but he didn’t create it’ is like OJ saying ‘I knifed a gorgeous blond and her lover, just not that gorgeous blond and her lover,’” Deace said, faulting Fauci for funding coronavirus research.
NIH is admitting what we knew — Fauci a craven liar and fiend. But to claim “yeah he did the dangerous kind of research that likely created Covid-19, but he didn’t create it” is like OJ saying “I knifed a gorgeous blond and her lover, just not that gorgeous blond and her lover.”
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) October 21, 2021
Jennifer Van Laar tweeted that Fauci and Collins needs to go to jail. “This isn’t about lying to Congress. This is about everything that happened before 2020,” she said.
Fauci and Collins need to go go jail. This isn’t about lying to Congress. This is about everything that happened before 2020. Thank you for being on this since Day One @Hounsizzle.https://t.co/nhhl1pcqI3
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) October 21, 2021
Emily Kopp pointed out Fauci’s boss, Francis Collins, announced his retirement before the revelations come to light Wednesday evening.
NIH Director Francis Collins, who is retiring, just put out a statement about the origins of COVID.
— Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) October 20, 2021
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