Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the undisputed congressional champion of taking Dr. Anthony Fauci to task on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many questions surrounding the questionable tales that President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser may have told Congress in the past.
According to Breitbart, Paul once again hammered the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, this time insisting that Fauci be banished to prison for the lies Paul believes Fauci has told Congress with regard to his agency’s funding of gain-of-function research on COVID-19.
Paul made the bombshell statement during an interview on Fox News’ Mornings with Maria, insisting that Fauci deserves at least five years behind bars for his lies.
However, the Kentucky Republican doesn’t live in fantasy land, and fully admitted that under the current administration, which includes U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, there’s “not a lot of hope” that the current AG would push such an avenue.
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Paul told host Maria Bartiromo that he sent a referral to Garland’s Justice Department, noting the slim chances of Garland taking the matter seriously, as he likely would if Fauci were a Republican or supporter of former President Donald Trump.
“We’ve referred him to the Department of Justice, but then again, Merrick Garland is the one now going after parents that go to school board meetings, so I don’t have a lot of hope that Merrick Garland is objectively looking at Fauci’s lying,” Paul said.
The Republican senator added: “But Fauci should go to prison for five years for lying to Congress. They have prosecuted other people. They have selectively gone after Republicans, but in no way will they do anything about him lying. But he should be prosecuted for lying.”
Paul also took issue with Fauci’s incessant insistence that people continue to wear cloth masks, though science has proven over and over that it’s simply not an effective measure of protection.
“Every time he tells people, ‘Oh, wear a cloth mask,’ he is actually endangering people. If you are around someone with COVID, you don’t want to wear a mask because they don’t work,” Paul added.
At the end of November, according to the New York Post, Fauci fired back — in what some believed was a very defensive, out-of-character moment — when he attempted to take on both Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“Anybody [who] spins, lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise,” Fauci said during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.
The NIAID director added: “I’m just going to do my job. And I’m going to be saving lives, and they’re going to be lying.”