GOP Senator Rand Paul Accuses Fauci of Engaging in ‘Cover-Up’ of Covid Origins as House Republicans Embark on Probe

Republican Senator Rand Paul accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, who served as chief medical advisor to the president and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of engaging in an “elaborate cover-up” of the Covid-19 pandemic origin. The GOP-led House is set to launch a select committee investigation into the virus. 

Senator Paul, a medical doctor of ophthalmology, has wrangled with Fauci on several occasions in the Senate Education, Health, Pensions, and Labor Committee hearings, stating that Dr. Fauci’s behind-the-scenes conduct in the alleged cover-up of the origin of Covid-19, began in January 2020.  

“The reason Dr. Fauci didn’t want any attention drawn to this or to his funding of the lab is that, ultimately, he would have culpability,” said Paul.

“There’s a responsibility — because, for years, he had advocated for gain-of-function research. He’s even quoted as saying in 2012 if a pandemic should occur if a scientist should be bitten by an animal and the virus gets out of the lab, it would be worth the knowledge,” Paul stated.

Fauci was quoted in a 2012 statement for a U.S. microbiology society: “In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic? … Scientists working in this field might say — as indeed I have said — that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”

According to Paul, “Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins and others orchestrated a cover-up. There are emails between [former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis] Collins and Dr. Fauci in which Dr. Collins says this wouldn’t be good for China; this wouldn’t be good for science — meaning that it wouldn’t be good for the business of science, for the money that changes hands.”

“There’s so much going on here. And when the American public finally finds out, I mean, there’s going to be such dissatisfaction in this country like you can’t believe,” Paul continued. “For example, we know that the NIH gave money to American universities who then gave it to military researchers … with the title of general and colonel in the [Chinese] People’s Liberation Army.”

Senator Paul decries gain-of-function research

Senator Paul also spoke about American researcher Dr. Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, who allegedly oversaw funding of gain-of-function and gain-of-function-like research projects. 

[T]he money definitely went to gain-of-function research. They would take a known SARS virus — this is the backbone or the original SARS from 2003 and 2004 — they would go to bat caves eight or 10 hours away, find new viruses, take the S-protein off and merge them into brand-new viruses never before found in nature,” said Paul.

Republican Representative from Ohio, Brad Wenstrup, the lawmaker charged with leading the new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, is doing a good job looking into the virus, according to Paul. 

“I do agree with Dr. Wenstrup and others who are saying, ‘Let’s gather the information, and let’s set the foundation for where we are there.’ It is also true that Dr. Fauci can remember all the mandates. He wants to tell you how to wear four masks. He can remember everything, but he can’t recall anything he did with setting up that first journal article to justify the cover-up,” Paul stated.

Senator Paul alleges that Daszak’s group gave funding to the lab in China with the approval of Dr. Fauci.

Paul added that it is likely that Dr. Fauci will be considered a “hostile witness” before Wenstrup if he is called back to Washington.