Paul promises Fauci investigation if Republicans take Senate
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul praises removal of Neil Young songs from Spotify: ‘Seeya’ YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked Rand Paul interview MORE (R-Ky.) says he plans to assign Antoine FauciAnthony FauciPandemic protest rock: Neil Young, Kid Rock strike opposing deals Health by mail: A quick and easy way to boost COVID vaccinations Romney tests positive for coronavirus MORE‘s records if Republicans regain the Senate in November’s midterm elections and he becomes chairman of a committee.
Paul is likely to become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee if Republicans flip the upper house 50-50. Current HELP Ranking member Sen. Richard BurerRichard Mauze BurrLeaders demand information on HBCU bomb threats Sasse reintroduces bill barring lawmakers from stock trading GOP can’t escape Trump-fueled election controversies MORE (RN.C.), is retiring.
“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll sue each of [Fauci’s] records,” Paul said during an interview with conservative podcast host Lisa Boothe. “We’re going to have an investigator go through this piece by piece because we don’t need this to happen again.
During congressional hearings, Paul, a libertarian ophthalmologist, repeatedly antagonized the nation’s top infectious disease doctor about the benefits of masks, vaccinations and the origins of COVID-19.
Paul has repeatedly alleged that Fauci and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sent funds to the virology lab in Wuhan, China, which then created a supervirus capable of infecting human cells. He pressed Fauci on the theory that the new coronavirus was created in the Wuhan lab and then somehow escaped, either through an accident or because it was deliberately released.
While the origins of the virus are unknown and under investigation, there is little evidence to suggest it was created in a lab or with financial assistance from the NIH and Fauci.
Some evidence suggests there may have been a lab leak due to lax safety protocols, while other experts say it was found in the wild. But with Chinese investigators deadlocked, the truth may never be known.
During Fauci’s last appearance before the HELP committee, he accused Paul of spreading misinformation and inciting death threats against him.
“What happens when he comes out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue, all of a sudden it stirs up the crazies out there, and I have threats on my life, harassment from my family, and my kids will have seen phone calls because people are lying about me,” Fauci said.