Senator lays groundwork for possible Fauci probe – Reuters

Rand Paul demanded records and communications be safeguarded as he seeks to investigate US czar Covid-19

After promising to investigate White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for his role in the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) demanded that the president’s administration Joe Biden keeps documents and messages that could become evidence in the potential probe.

Paul, who sparred with Fauci during Senate hearings on government funding of research into potentially dangerous viruses, sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Tuesday, calling for the documents to be saved. and communications from the Tsar Covid-19. The request came a day after Fauci announced that, starting in December, he would step down as Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a thorough investigation into the origins of the pandemic”, paul said after the doctor’s announcement on Monday. This will include sworn testimony relating to discussions of the possible leak of Covid-19 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, he said. The senator has previously accused Fauci of directing public funds to gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab and lying about it under oath in congressional testimony.

“Dr. Fauci misled the American people on public health advice throughout the pandemic, lied to Congress under oath, and funneled taxpayer dollars to fund dangerous research in communist China,” Paul told The Daily Caller on Tuesday.

However, Republicans will have to regain control of Congress in this year’s midterm elections to force such an investigation. Paul said in February he would subpoena Fauci’s cases if Republicans regain the Senate. In a CNN interview last month, Fauci said there was no reason for such an investigation. “But if they want it, go ahead. My records are an open book.

Paul requested in Tuesday’s letter that the NIH preserve all documents, data and messages created by or shared with Fauci regarding Covid-19, including NIAID-funded research. “The American people deserve transparency and accountability from the NIH regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of Dr. Fauci’s future employment plans,” he said.

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Other Republican lawmakers have accused Fauci of timing his exit just before a potentially GOP-controlled Congress begins work next January. “Dr. Fauci is conveniently stepping down from his post in December, before House Republicans have a chance to hold him accountable for the destruction of our country over the past three years,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) said Monday. “This guy is a coward.” He added that Fauci will be held accountable whether or not he stays in public service.


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