Rand Paul claims ‘smoking gun’ ties Fauci, NIH to research with ‘desire’ to create COVID-type virus

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has sent a letter to 15 federal agencies regarding a newly discovered link to a proposed 2018 grant for testing COVID-19-type microorganisms. Following a letter requesting information, the lawmaker told Fox News that the developments are as follows: It’s the “defining gun” that critics have been asking for for years.

Paul claimed the development was due to a Marine Corps whistleblower, linking the study to the National Institutes of Health, a lie that former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci denied in Congress. He claimed to have proven that.

The lawmaker, an ophthalmologist who has been researching the origins of the coronavirus since the height of the pandemic, accused the federal government of not informing the public of its research.

“Yes, we first learned about this from our brave Marines. This study was a grant proposal in 2018, but the Wuhan lab was the site of the discovery of COVID-19. “It would be possible to create a virus that looks very similar to the virus,” he said. He said.

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“But we only learned this from a whistleblower, and no one else in the government, including Anthony Fauci, has ever informed us.”

Paul, who joined the NIH in 1968 and was appointed to head NIAID by former President Ronald Reagan, has sparred for years with Fauci, who retired in December 2022.

At a Senate committee hearing in July 2021, Fauci slammed Paul’s claims that he lied about funding gain-of-function research and connections to funding.

Fauci said: “Senator Paul, I have never lied before Congress and I have no intention of retracting that statement. It was determined that this was not a gain.” time. “Senator Paul, frankly, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

In a Fox News Digital op-ed, Paul wrote that he sought information from 15 agencies, including Fauci’s former employers NIAID and NIH, about a 2018 grant proposal led by the EcoHealth Alliance called the DEFUSE project. Ta.

Rand Paul accuses Fauci of covering up the origins of coronavirus

Paul said the proposal was submitted to DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency, and that NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Research Institute in Hamilton, Mont., was at one time listed as a proposal partner. In his letter, Paul asked government agencies to provide further information by April 23.

Paul told American Report that when Fauci was asked about the DEFUSE grant, he claimed he didn’t fund it or knew “nothing about it.”

The lawmaker added: “This was his own institution.” “Evidence that the NIH and NIAID (Fauci’s agency) knew about and participated in this proposal, even though Mr. Fauci continued to say publicly that he knew nothing about it. This is basically the clincher for Anthony Fauci.” The NIH and NIH collaborated on funding research that may have led to COVID-19. ”

Paul said that although DEFUSE never received federal funding, Fauci and others knew that the Wuhan lab continued to work on microbial research.

“Anthony Fauci, in the first few months, and actually for years, called people who believed the virus came from a lab, or who looked for evidence that the virus came from a lab. , calling them conspiracy theorists, belittling them, slandering them,” he said.

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“He downplayed the magazine article and encouraged people to claim it was impossible, all the while it appears he knew it.”

Paul said advising the public about this research could have led to a more substantive understanding of the feasibility of the lab leak theory.

Many Americans have been criticized for months for jokes about this theory, but in February 2023 liberal cartoonist Jon Stewart surprised former protégé Stephen Colbert by speaking out publicly about the lab leak. At the time, the theory seemed to have broken through political barriers.

“This disease has the same name as a lab,” Stewart joked during an appearance on Colbert’s CBS show, explaining that the virus arose when “a pangolin kissed a turtle” or “a bat flew by.” If you believe that, you should stop, he said. Turkey’s cloaca…”

Colbert responded by joking that he must be working for Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin. — Supporter of the lab leak theory.

In a statement to FOX News Digital, the NIH confirmed it had received Paul’s letter and would respond directly. NIAID did not respond to another request for comment.