In a fiery exchange between U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Paul held Fauci’s feet to the fire with a warning that it’s time to stop “obfuscating the truth.”
“All the evidence is putting that (COVID-19) came from the lab and there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab, including yourself,” Paul said. Fauci responded that Paul was citing a lie and that he didn’t know what he was talking about.
Not to be undone, Paul responded, “What we’re alleging is the gain-of-function research was going on in that lab and NIH funded it. It meets your definition and you are obfuscating the truth,” Paul slammed back.
Again, Fauci denied Paul’s accusations but, again, Paul stopped Fauci in his tracks: “We’re saying they are gain-of-function viruses, animal viruses that became more transmissible in human,” Paul said, “and you funded it and you won’t admit the truth.”
In a tweet, Paul reiterated that “Dr. Fauci’s NIH did fund the Wuhan Virology Lab,” attaching a photocopy of what he said is “verbatim admission from their chief scientist Dr. Shi Zhengli.”