Republican voters, buckle up. The latest news on Dr. Anthony Fauci is not going to sit well with you. House Republicans, led by Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, are reportedly building a case against the former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
It all stems from allegations that Fauci lied to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China. Conservative podcaster Benny Johnson discussed this with Jordan in an interview, pointing out that Fauci has absolved himself of any funding of gain-of-function research. However, it is “verifiable and demonstrable” that Fauci lied.
There are codes in Congress that govern false statements to Congress. 18 U.S. Code 1001 states that individuals who lie to Congress can be imprisoned for eight years. Johnson was quick to note that there has never been a clearer case of an individual lying to Congress.
Jordan acknowledged that a referral could be made to the Biden Justice Department, but doubted that they would pursue it with Democrats in charge. The Ohio Republican would prefer that Fauci come back and take another round of questioning, but they are building the case.
The gain-of-function research in question refers to the juicing up of viruses to make them more deadly. Jordan believes that Fauci and the CDC changed the definition of gain-of-function research to give themselves wiggle room. However, the evidence is clear that they were juicing up this virus, making it more deadly.
Senator Rand Paul, who frequently clashed with Fauci during oversight hearings, accused Fauci of lying to Congress in December 2021. He said that he would be referring the case to the Biden Justice Department, but he admitted that he did not have a lot of hope that Fauci would be charged. Paul criticized Merrick Garland, President Biden’s attorney general, for not being objectively looking at Fauci’s congressional testimony.
The allegations against Fauci are serious, and Republicans are not going to let this go. Fauci, who recently retired, has said that he has no regrets about how he handled the pandemic.
However, Paul believes that Fauci’s error in judgment was funding gain-of-function research in a totalitarian country, which allowed them to create super viruses that leaked into the public and caused millions of deaths.
Republican voters, this is an ongoing story that we will continue to monitor closely. Stay tuned to Fox News for updates on the case against Fauci.