Although there were indicators at the onset of the pandemic as the sources of the virus, conflicting information has kept the information muddy and some in the House are investigating the facts about who knew what and when regarding the pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the medical voice for the Biden administration, and his statements about the virus, its origin, and the pandemic are being scrutinized by the House of Representatives.
Senator Rand Paul announced in July 2021 that he would send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for lying to Congress. Senator Paul’s announcement comes after fireworks with Dr. Fauci over his statements regarding the NIAID’s funding of ‘gain of function’ research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through the subcontractor EcoHealth Alliance.
“Dr. Fauci, as you’re aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress,” Senator Paul began his interrogation of Fauci. “Section 1001 of the U.S. Criminal Code creates a felony and a five-year penalty for lying to Congress.”
“On your last trip to our committee on May 11th, you stated that the NIH has not ever and has not now funded gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Paul continued. “And yet, gain of function research was done entirely in the Wuhan Institute by Dr. Shi and was funded by the NIH.”
Last Tuesday the House’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic held hearings that connected Fauci and government statements to codes that prohibit lying to Congress.
House Republicans are “building the case” to issue criminal referrals against Dr. Anthony Fauci for lying to Congress, according to news reported on “The Benny Show” with journalist Benny Johnson. “So, specifically before your committee, and also before Rand Paul over in the Senate, Dr. Fauci has, of course, absolved himself of all funding of gain-of-function,” Johnson said. “He said he doesn’t know anything about it. It is verifiable and demonstrable that he lied. Now, there are codes in Congress. I have a code right here, 18 U.S. Code 1001.”
“1001,” Jordan said. “Statements — false statements to Congress,” Johnson replied. “Says you can be imprisoned, says you can be imprisoned for eight years if you lie to Congress. It seems like there has never been a more clear-cut case of some individual lying to Congress.”
“Yeah, we can do — there could be a referral, but you would refer to the Biden Justice Department,” Jordan remarked. “I don’t know that — they’re going to pursue that, but you can definitely do that. You could, have to have one of the committees, the Senate Judiciary Committee could do a referral. I doubt they will with the Democrats in charge.”
“We could do a referral potentially,” he continued. “I would, frankly, prefer just to have Dr. Fauci come back in and take another round of questions here, but we’re building the case. You know, like, we had Dr. Redfield testify last week, Chairman Wenstrup did. I thought he was — I thought he was great. As were the other witnesses that were brought in.”
🚨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
“So, again, laying that foundation,” he continued. “I do think Dr. Fauci and the CDC changed the definition of gain-of-function research, so that Fauci has, like, this wiggle room, but they were juicing up this virus, no doubt about it, juicing up this virus, making it more — I don’t know the technical, but making it juiced up and more deadly, I guess, maybe the correct word.”
“Yes,” Johnson remarked. “So, they were doing that in this lab and I think that’s clear,” Jordan replied. “So, we’ll just have to see as we move through this investigation.”
On Tuesday, the congressional hearings in the House eviscerated Fauci’s numerous lies on SARS-CoV-2 origins:
“We know the Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting gain of function research on novel bat coronaviruses by creating chimeric viruses, combining two viruses together to test infectivity and infecting mice with these viruses work that former Covid-19 task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx confirmed was in fact gain-of-function contrary to statements by Dr. Fauci,” Chair Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) said.
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield accused Dr. Fauci of keeping him out of conversations with researchers so that he could cover up the lab leak theory.
Rep. Malliotakis: "Do you think that “Proximal Origins” hides the truth?"
Dr. Robert Redfield: "I think it’s an inaccurate paper that basically was part of a narrative that they were creating." pic.twitter.com/Oom8qLezZz
— Becker News (@NewsBecker) March 8, 2023
In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, Fauci then denied Redfield’s charge. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) responded by laying into Fauci for deceiving the public.
“He was trying to cover his backside, and everybody knows it,” Jordan said. “This is the highest paid guy in our govt. getting all kinds of money to tell us things that were not accurate. US tax dollars went to a lab in China, a lab that was not up to code, a lab that was doing gain of function research, and that’s where this thing most definitely came from and Dr. Fauci could not have that news getting out.”