Sen. Rand Paul said he will seek a criminal referral from the Justice Department against Dr. Anthony Fauci over allegations that the National Institutes of Health funded research in the lab in China where the coronavirus was first reported in late 2019.
“I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he has lied to Congress,” Paul (R-Ky.) told Fox News’ Sean Hannity show Tuesday night.
“We have scientists that will line up by the dozens to say that the research he was funding was ‘gain of function.’ He’s doing this because he has a self-interest to cover his tracks and to cover his connection to Wuhan lab,” Paul said.
“Now does he deserve all the blame? No, there’s still some conjecture as to whether or not it came from the lab. But he’s lying about whether or not he funded ‘gain of function’ research, and yes, he should be punished,”