Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has never been shy when it comes to expressing his opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s conduct throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, but his criticism has gone even further of late, with the lawmaker suggesting that the chief White House medical adviser ought to face five years’ imprisonment for lying to Congress, according to Breitbart.
During an interview on the Fox Business Network program Mornings with Maria, Paul took Fauci to task yet again over testimony given to a legislators this summer concerning whether the National Institute of Health provided funding for gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.
Maintaining that Fauci’s statements constituted an offense punishable by prison time, Paul also admitted that he is not terribly optimistic that the current attorney general is giving serious thought to proceeding legally against the infectious disease expert.
As Paul explained to host Maria Bartiromo, “We’ve referred [Fauci] to the Department of Justice, but then again, [AG] Merrick Garland is the one now going after parents that go to school board meetings, so I don’t have a lot of hope that Merrick Garland is objectively looking at Fauci’s lying.”
Still, the senator continued, “Fauci should go to prison for five years for lying to Congress. They have prosecuted other people. They have selectively gone after Republicans, but in no way will they do anything about him lying. But he should be prosecuted for lying.”
Paul’s reiteration of his belief that Fauci should face incarceration for false representations to Congress came on the heels of another heated back-and-forth with Fauci, sparked by the latter’s assertion that certain politicians critical of his work are “anti-science,” as the New York Post reported.
During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Fauci railed, “Anybody [who] spins, lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise. I’m just going to go my job. And I’m going to be saving lives, and they’re going to be lying.”
In that same interview, Fauci made the boastful proclamation that those who take issue with statements he has made or work he has done during the coronavirus crisis are “really criticizing science, because I represent science.”
Unsurprisingly, Paul did not let those assertions go unanswered, incredulously remarking soon after on the “absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science…especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity,” a retort with which millions of pandemic-weary Americans certainly agree.