Dr. Anthony Fauci has faced mounting criticism in recent days over the content of emails sent and received throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, a resurfaced video clip from nine years ago is adding to the growing perception that the chief White House medical adviser has misled the American people — and one Fox News Channel personality believes he should be prosecuted.
“Unless Fauci is prosecuted”
Steve Hilton told his audience this week that the video shows a clear difference in Fauci’s thinking about gain-of-function research, which is used to increase the transmissibility of viruses and has been cited as a possible origin of COVID-19.
“Frankly, unless Fauci is prosecuted, and unless he and [National Institutes of Health Director Francis] Collins have fully investigated Biden’s sudden conversion to finding out what really happened to cause this pandemic will be completely hollow,” declared the host of The Next Revolution.
Hilton went on to claim that “irrefutable evidence” in the video proves that “Fauci lied about funding gain-of-function experiments.
Of course, he is not the first critic to call for Fauci’s prosecution.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently attacked the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for allegedly lying about the pandemic.
“Honest, difficult questions”
“This week, I’ve had five death threats just for being outspoken on it,” Paul recently asserted in a Fox News Channel interview.
He went on to share his concern that “you can’t ask honest, difficult questions that in the end have proved out that Dr. Fauci was not being honest with us,” adding that in addition to multiple death threats via phone, his family received “white powder” in the mail.
As The Hill reported, the NIH indirectly funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology through its grant to the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance. The state-run Chinese lab is increasingly being considered a likely site for the release of COVID-19.
Fauci has been accused of misleading Congress on certain issues related to the pandemic, including whether the grants funded gain-of-function research and some critics are clamoring for him to resign or be fired.
Nevertheless, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has effectively dismissed the latest backlash surrounding Fauci, asserting: “He’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response. It’s obviously not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”