Reports suggest that House Republicans, led by Jim Jordan, are gathering evidence against Dr. Anthony Fauci, former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Jordan and conservative podcaster Benny Johnson accuse Fauci of lying about his involvement in gain-of-function research and potentially violating 18 U.S. Code 1001, which pertains to making false statements to Congress.
🚨BREAKING: Rep. @Jim_Jordan on Dr. Fauci’s lies before Congress: "We’re building the case" for criminal referrals.— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 10, 2023
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While Jordan suggests that they could refer the case to the Biden Justice Department or the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would prefer to have Fauci testify again and “build the case” against him.
This follows Senator Rand Paul’s accusations that Fauci funded gain-of-function research in China, which may have led to the accidental leak of a super virus that caused millions of deaths.
Fauci, who was the country’s lead immunologist during the pandemic, stated that he had no regrets about his actions during the outbreak.
Paul declared that Fauci lied to Congress and referred the case to the Biden Justice Department, but does not believe that Attorney General Merrick Garland will objectively investigate the matter.
Paul believes that Garland is focused on other issues, such as prosecuting parents who attend school board meetings.
Paul stated that Fauci should be imprisoned for five years for lying to Congress. It is important to note that these allegations against Fauci are still under investigation and have not been proven.
The investigation may shed more light on the funding of gain-of-function research and whether Fauci lied to Congress, but it remains to be seen whether charges will be filed against him.