Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has joined the increasing number of voices calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to be held accountable for his alleged crimes.
Senator Rand Paul made headlines recently when he called for Fauci to be prosecuted for his actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Paul, Fauci was responsible for funding dangerous research in Wuhan, China, which ultimately led to the outbreak of the virus and millions of deaths worldwide.
In response to Senator Paul’s comments, Musk took to Twitter to express his support for holding Fauci accountable: “Certainly trial,” he wrote.
The pressure to prosecute Fauci has been mounting in recent weeks, thanks in part to the release of the “Twitter Files” which allegedly show that Fauci lied when he insisted that he never used Twitter.
Journalist Paul D. Thacker has published evidence that Fauci was not truthful in his statements to the public or in his sworn deposition last year. Thacker, who runs a blog called “The DisInformation Chronicle” on Substack, exposed Fauci’s claim that he did not use Twitter.
Republicans, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, are now building a case against Fauci. Jordan has suggested that Fauci could be prosecuted for making false statements to Congress.
Fauci has claimed that he’s received death threats as a result of the GOP’s calls for his prosecution. He has also denied any wrongdoing and maintains that he has always acted in the best interests of public health.
With the support of powerful voices like Musk and Paul, however, it seems likely that Fauci will continue to face scrutiny and demands for accountability in the weeks and months ahead.