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‘That’s a felony’: Sen. Rand Paul says Fauci deserves prison time for lying to Congress over COVID-19 mishandling

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said history will not look favorably on Dr. Anthony Fauci's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The senator's comments were made in an interview Monday in which he also suggested Fauci should go to prison for lying to Congress about the nature of the pandemic, the newspaper reported. fox news digital.

Paul said Fauci's “concealment of the origins of the virus will probably go down in history as one of the most egregious and infamous public health decisions of our lifetime.”

“While Mr. Fauci has publicly protested every step of the way, saying, 'We never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan,' a look at his private emails shows otherwise. I get it,” Paul added.

Gain-of-function research involves genetically manipulating microorganisms to give them new functions or properties.

Some of the experiments involved in gain-of-function studies may have made the disease more transmissible.

September 2023, National Review A report has been published It revealed details of how Mr. Fauci lied to Congress about the origins of the coronavirus. on mail On January 27, 2020, Fauci allegedly received talking points from an aide regarding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health at the time.

Later that night, Fauci held a press conference about new developments in the coronavirus disease.

Fauci testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic last week. The committee is currently trying to find out more about the specific origins of the virus.

FOX News Digital reports that the committee chairman, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), is concerned that Fauci doesn't seem to remember important decisions made in the early stages of the outbreak. It was reported that The disease ultimately killed 1.1 million Americans.

“Lying to Congress is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. When he came to me and said he couldn't find any gain-of-function research and would move on, that was a flat-out lie. ,” Paul said. “I gave him the opportunity to correct the record when he returned to the committee a month later, but he refused to do so.”

“And to this day, he has tried to deny himself and shift responsibility away from himself, which is a serious crime.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Fauci for comment on the development.

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