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Rand Paul was right — Anthony Fauci is a liar

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/21/2021 Becket Adams
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Dr. Anthony Fauci is a damned liar.

Don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the National Institutes of Health, which revealed this week the U.S. non-governmental group EcoHealth Alliance violated its reporting rules while conducting bat coronavirus research in collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In short, an federally funded non-profit conducted gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is something that federal health officials — most notably National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci — assured everyone was a preposterous falsehood. Except it wasn't.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funneled some $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology when Fauci served as the agency’s director.

EcoHealth provided a five-year progress report on bat coronavirus research conducted under a National Institutes of Health grant, NIH principal deputy director, Lawrence Tabak, revealed this week in a letter. He added that “the limited experiment described in the final progress report” was “testing if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”

A separate National Institutes of Health report said, “in this limited experiment, laboratory mice infected with the SHC014 WIV1 bat coronavirus became sicker than those infected with the WIV1 bat coronavirus,” adding that “as sometimes occurs in science, this was an unexpected result of the research, as opposed to something that the researchers set out to do.”

It adds, “EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant. EcoHealth is being notified that they have five days from today to submit to NIH any and all unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted under this award.”

This comes after Fauci and National Institutes of Health chief Francis Collins claimed that NIH did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Rutgers University professor Richard Ebright told the Washington Examiner this week the National Institutes of Health letter is a “bombshell” because it “corrects the untruthful assertions” by Collins and Fauci “that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research on in Wuhan.”

This is to say nothing of the fact that the letter also reveals EcoHealth Alliance violated the terms of its federal grant.

“The NIH's acknowledgment of the facts is new, but the facts themselves are not new,” he told Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy. The NIH was informed about the the gain-of-function research in Wuhan in 2018 and again in 2020. Collins and Fauci lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public."

Fauci asserted under oath that NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan — a lie.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, even suggested during a hearing in July that Fauci was speaking falsely when he alleged that NIH had no hand in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s "gain of function" research to mutate animal viruses to infect humans.

"Dr. Fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement?" the senator asked, citing a 2017 paper showing scientists in Wuhan specifically researched bat coronaviruses.

"I have never lied to Congress, and I do not retract that statement," Fauci responded. "This paper that you are referring to judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function."

Paul persisted, suggesting again the doctor was playing at semantics and intentionally misleading the public about the NIH’s ties to Wuhan.

"Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly,” Fauci said. “And I would like to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about."

The senator pushed back, accusing Fauci of "dancing around this because you're trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million dying around the world."

"I totally resent the lie you are now propagating, senator," Fauci said, adding that it is "molecularly impossible" for the viruses described in the 2017 paper to have caused COVID-19.

"No one is saying those viruses caused the pandemic," Paul insisted. "What we're alleging is that gain-of-function research was going on in that lab and NIH funded it. You can't get away from it. It meets your definition and you are obfuscating the truth."

Fauci said, "I'm not obfuscating the truth. You're the one — you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. I totally resent that. And if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you."

Earlier, in May, Fauci also told the Senate, “I do not have an accounting of what the Chinese may have done, and I am fully in favor of any further investigation of what went on in China. However, I will repeat again — the NIH and NIAID categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Compare these statements to what the National Institutes of Health revealed this week regarding EcoHealth Alliance.

The usual saying is that if someone is capable of lying about the little things, they are also capable of lying about the big things. But when it comes to Fauci, we’re a long way from just lying about little things. He graduated to telling big lies a long time ago.


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