Sen. Paul calls for Dr. Fauci to be fired over NIH’s admission of ‘limited’ gain-of-function research

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has, by far, been the most prominent and consistent critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci within the halls of Congress, and during a recent interview, he dropped a bombshell about the infectious disease expert that quickly generated headlines.

According to Fox News, the Kentucky senator held nothing back during a Sunday interview with Axios, during which he told the outlet that he believes Dr. Fauci should be fired from his position in the wake of revelations that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did, in fact, fund “limited” gain-of-function research on coronaviruses.

“He [Fauci] should be fired,” Paul told Axios’ Mike Allen. The senator added, “just for lack of judgment if nothing else.”

Paul’s idea that Fauci should be terminated came in the wake of a letter received by Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-KY) from NIH, in which it clearly admitted that a “limited experiment” was conducted to test “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”

Fauci won’t crack

Allen pointed out the extremely high unlikelihood that President Joe Biden would ever make a move to fire Fauci, his chief medical adviser and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Paul acknowledged that reality, admitting that at the very least, an investigation into the U.S. government’s assistance with gain-of-function research would be suffice for now — something he’s called for for months.

The senator added that he believes Fauci will never come clean about the full extent of what really happened with the aforementioned research or to what degree the U.S. government is complicit.

“He’s probably never going to admit that he lied,” Paul said, adding, “He’s going to continue to disassemble and try to work around the truth and massage the truth.”

Deny, deny, deny

Not surprisingly, during an interview on ABC’s This Week, Fauci remained steadfast in his insistence that he, nor the NIAID or NIH ever lied about the research.

He went on to note that the implication from Paul and other critics is that gain-of-function research led to the ultimate development of what we now know as COVID-19, a virus that changed the course of the world within a short period of time.

“Neither I nor Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH, lied or misled about what we’ve done,” Fauci said. He clarified that it’s “molecularly impossible for those viruses that were worked on to turn into SARS-CoV-2.”

Fauci went on to insist: “They were distant enough molecularly that no matter what you did to them, they could never, ever become SARS-CoV-2.”

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