‘I think it’s time that you resign’: GOP Sen. Paul slams Fauci over Wuhan lab scandal

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has frequently clashed with chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently, the Kentucky Republican slammed Fauci over evidence released by the National Institutes of Health that suggests Fauci lied about U.S. taxpayer funding of so-called gain-of-function research.

“Clear and present danger to the country and to the world”

In a tense exchange, Paul accused Fauci of seeking to cover up his role in research that potentially led to the creation and release of COVID-19.

Although Fauci has been largely portrayed in the media as a benevolent public servant, critics say he has repeatedly lied under oath about controversial research at a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

As Paul pointed out, the NIH recently acknowledged that such experiments were taking place and were partially funded by American taxpayers.

He went on to assert that Fauci’s vehement denials have “worn thin” and are a “stain” on his reputation — not to mention a “clear and present danger to the country and to the world.”

The senator chastised the bureaucrat for attempting to hide the “preponderance of evidence” suggesting that the novel coronavirus originated inside the Wuhan lab.

“I have no responsibility for the current pandemic”

“You won’t admit that [gain-of-function research is] dangerous,” Paul said. “And for that lack of judgment, I think it’s time that you resign.”

Fauci shot back at Paul for his “egregious misrepresentations” of the facts, adding: “You have said I am unwilling to take any responsibility for the current pandemic. I have no responsibility for the current pandemic.”

Despite mounting evidence that seems to bolster the lab-leak theory, Fauci maintained that the virus most likely originated in nature.

While the doctor continues to enjoy unwavering support from many mainstream media figures, a recent poll found that a majority of Americans want him to resign. Of course, Fauci has offered no evidence that he is considering stepping down from his influential position.

He is said to be the highest-paid federal government employee and continues to deny any culpability in either the creation of or response to the COVID-19 pandemic, even going so far as to attack his critics as enemies of science. As the evidence against him continues to mount, however, it remains to be seen whether he will ultimately face any accountability.

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