Sen Rand Paul says he’s asking DOJ for ‘a criminal referral’ into Fauci

R&I – TxPAT *** Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he plans to request a criminal referral from the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci.

The two got into a heated exchange Monday over Paul’s accusation that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded illegal gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has come under intense scrutiny as a possible source of the coronavirus. Gain-of-function is a method in which researchers make a pathogen more infectious, often to develop more effective treatments and vaccines.

The accusation is unsubstantiated and Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has repeatedly denied the claims. During a May hearing, Paul pressed Fauci on the issue and Fauci emphasized that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

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