Rand Paul Announces ‘Official Criminal Referral’ Over Fauci COVID Testimony

Originally published July 31, 2023 4:00 pm PDT

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has announced an “official criminal referral” to the Department of Justice (DOJ) over Dr. Anthony Fauci’s COVID testimony.

  • Republican Sen. Rand Paul has sent an “official criminal referral” to the DOJ concerning testimony from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
  • Paul referred to an email from February 2020 in which Fauci detailed a call with British medical researcher Jeremy Farrar, who was director of the Wellcome Trust at the time.
  • According to Fauci, those on the task force call expressed concern about the “fact upon viewing the sequences of several isolates of the nCoV, there were mutations in the virus that would be most unusual to have evolved naturally in the bats and that there was a suspicion that this mutation was intentionally inserted.”
  • “The suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan,” the former NIAID director continued.
  • Paul claimed the email directly contradicted “everything he said in committee hearing,” when Fauci denied “that they funded any gain of function, and it’s absolutely a lie.”
  • In July 2021, Paul reminded Fauci that “lying to Congress is a federal crime,” suggesting that the doctor had lied about gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China.
  • Fauci claimed he had “never lied before Congress” during prior testimony in May, telling Paul that “you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“This directly contradicts everything he said in committee hearing to me, denying absolutely that they funded any gain of function, and it’s absolutely a lie. That’s why I sent an official criminal referral to the DOJ,” Paul said.

  • Earlier this month, a significant overnight fire swept through the Bowling Green office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), along with several neighboring businesses in the downtown area, according to reports.
  • The Bowling Green Fire Department was immediately on the scene to respond to the blaze that dramatically impacted not only Senator Paul’s office but also a number of commercial establishments in the vicinity, according to journalist TexasLindsay.
  • The severity of the fire necessitated intensive firefighting efforts, including the removal of several large tree limbs in front of Sen. Rand Paul’s office.
  • Firefighters manned the aerials of trucks 1 and 6 to access the flames from an elevated perspective, allowing for a more efficient extinguishing operation.
  • The fire occurred immediately following Sen. Paul’s announcement that he had recently called for legal action against Fauci “because he has lied to Congress.”