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Sen. Rand Paul Says He’s Referred Dr. Anthony Fauci to the DOJ for Prosecution

Sen. Rand Paul Says He’s Referred Dr. Anthony Fauci to the DOJ for Prosecution

“There has probably never been a cover-up in this history of all politics that has been so completed documented that they were lying to us.”

There have been some intriguing developments related to the key “experts” who were trusted to disseminate actual scientific information during the early stages of the covid pandemic, and who were trusted to develop and enact policy based on the facts. This may have been easy to miss, given the recent obsession of the American media over the Barbie move and summer temperatures.

Legal Insurrection readers will recall that Former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief Dr. Anthony Fauci and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul got into some spectacular exchanges during congressional hearings about the potential for gain-of-function research being funded at the Wuhan Institute of Virology using American tax dollars.

Now Paul has formally accused Fauci of lying under oath over his knowledge of dangerous virus research in China. can reveal Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week calling for an investigation into whether Dr Fauci, 82, committed perjury when he testified in front of a Senate committee in 2021.

In a showdown with Republicans, including Sen Paul, in July that year, Dr Fauci testified that his former department ‘has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.’

Dr Fauci was the former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) until the end of 2022 and was responsible for signing off on research grants.

Yet newly released emails dated February 1, 2020 show Fauci acknowledged that ‘scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine that molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan.’

Related to Fauci’s statements on the WIV research is the paper he helped generate to obfuscate the possible lab origins of the coronavirus. As a reminder:

That paper, titled “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2,” was sent to Fauci for editing in draft form and again for final approval before it was published in Nature Medicine on Feb. 17, 2020. It was written four days after Fauci, and his NIH boss

Dr. Francis Collins, held a call with the four authors to discuss reports that COVID-19 may have leaked from the Wuhan lab and “may have been intentionally genetically manipulated.”

The House Oversight subcommittee published emails Sunday in which the paper’s co-author Dr. Kristian Andersen admits Fauci “prompted” him to write the paper with the goal to “disprove” the lab leak theory.

It turns out the authors of that paper found the lab leak theory far more credible than we were led to believe (hat-tip Ace of Spades HQ).

A team of investigative journalists, who include Michael Shellenberger, have made a cache of email exchanges about their thoughts on covid origins available on the Substack account, Public. It contains a number of gems, including from co-author Kristian Anderson:

The scientists were far more suspicious of a lab origin than was previously known. The clearest example of this was when Andersen said on February 1, 2020, “I think the main thing still in my mind is that the lab escape version of this is so friggin’ likely to have happened because they were already doing this type of work and the molecular data is fully consistent with that scenario.” In fact, the original name of the channel was “project-wuhan_engineering” until February 6, when Andersen changed it to “project-wuhan_pangolin.”

Senator Paul recently went and The Laura Ingraham Show, and had this today about “Proximal Origin” and Fauci.

“This was never about science. This is about this business of science. Follow the money trail: This was about billions of dollars exchanging hands in the first few months of 2020. The people came out and said, “nothing to see here…couldn’t have happened in the lab”.

There has probably never been a cover-up in this history of all politics that has been so completed documented that they were lying to us. Every one of their emails say, “O, my goodness, it looks like it comes from the lab.” This looks like it was manipulated…and it goes on, and on, and on.

Paul notes at the conclusion of the interview that he has referred Fauci to the Attorney General for prosecution.

As a scientist and a journalist, I am furious at everyone who contributed to this destructive lie. I spent hours looking for alternative information when the “facts” presented failed to make sense.

I can only hope Fauci and the others are held accountable. Perhaps not under Garland, but maybe in a new administration? Hope springs eternal.


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2smartforlibs | July 26, 2023 at 2:08 pm

Fauci’s response: I’m Science Agree with me or else you racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, inbred, redneck, bible-thumping, Nascar-loving, gun-toting, America-loving bigot

The DOJ?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

And nothing will happen.

    Paula in reply to bobtuba. | July 26, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    The idiot’s out of office and retired now—so no longer useful. And there’s still room under the bus for a diminutive pint-sized little man.

Lying to Congress ought to be legal in any case. The law is very one-sided.

    lichau in reply to rhhardin. | July 26, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Actually, I think Congress lying should be prosecutable. One side benefit would be that 99 percent of the blather would go away.

    tyates in reply to rhhardin. | July 27, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Well it seems like it is legal since the DOJ can take the referral and throw it in the bin.

Well I tested positive to Covid today, second time for me, first was 1.5 years ago and a bit rough, had similar symptoms but felt much better after 24 hours with decongestant and antibiotic. Took it cause I really thought I had a sinus infection…


Not vac and glad

This sh!t ain’t ever going away…

Standard GOP “strong letter” ploy. The DOJ will do exactly nothing with it.

It might be more effective if somebody just gave the lying little egomaniacal troll the Hairy Reed treatment.

Yeah, it’s not going to go well, maybe they will open the case in 7 or 8 years from now.

Thank you Dr./Senator Paul.
Now if you’d just be so kind as to get started on the treachery/treason of Joe Biden…

With all due respect to Senator Rand Paul…

Big f@#$ing deal. Wake me when the prosecutions start.

By the time the GOP re-takes the Executive Branch, this will be old news, not worth following up on.

(Besides which, it’s not like there are no Republicans on the boards of directors at pharmaceutical companies, or taking donations from the same. Like any other massive industry, Big Pharma plays both sides.)

E Howard Hunt | July 26, 2023 at 5:22 pm

Fauci should run as Robert Kennedy’s VP.

Expect a whole lot of nothing to come as a response from Merrick Himmler and the Gestapo

not_a_lawyer | July 27, 2023 at 12:08 am

The quote in the headline is grammatically incorrect. I can tolerate grammatically incorrect statements in the body of an article, but the headline needs to be correct.

The problem boils down to the fact that only the executive branch can prosecute alleged federal crimes. When the alleged criminals are also in the executive branch, a conflict arises, but there is no recourse.

There are many smarter commenters than I on this board that must have thought about this conundrum. What can be done? The implementation of Investigators General does not seem to be working out.

How about a fourth branch of government devoted solely to rooting out corruption in the federal government. They could be nominated by the Judicial Branch, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

I know that this would require a constitutional amendment, but I am only speaking hypothetically.

What I am trying to get at is, how can we tamp down executive corruption when only the executive can prosecute? There must be a solution.


DoJ will sit on this and do nothing.

More political theatre which will yield no consequences.

Dean Robinson | July 27, 2023 at 11:04 am

Only a matter of time before some enterprising plaintiff attorneys realize that this is the mother lode of all government liabilities and launch lawsuits in behalf of the million or so fatalities and tens of millions hospitalized or injured.