During an interview with journalist Benny Johnson, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) stated that House Republicans are gathering evidence against Dr. Anthony Fauci. Jordan also mentioned that they could issue a criminal referral to prosecute Fauci but acknowledged that it might not be acted upon. He further added that while a referral is possible, it would be sent to the Biden Justice Department, and there is no certainty if they will pursue it.
According to Newsweek, Fauci reportedly mocked those who are calling for him to be prosecuted and said, “There’s no response to that craziness. Prosecute me for what? What are they talking about?”
Fauci added, “I wish I could figure out what the heck they’re talking about. I think they’re just going off the deep end. It just doesn’t make any sense to say something like that, and it actually is irresponsible. The rest of it is just insanity, the things they’re saying. But it does have a negative effect when people take it seriously and take it out on you and your family.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called for Fauci to be prosecuted for perjury saying, “There has been no person who has done more to destroy trust in the scientific and medical community than Dr. Anthony Fauci, who told millions of Americans lies willingly, knowingly, glibly, supremely arrogantly. Should there be accountability? In any sane system, he would be prosecuted for lying under oath, and he would go to jail for lying under oath to Congress.”
Rep. Jordan also accused Fauci of concealing the virus’s origin. During the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic hearing on Wednesday, Jordan highlighted that Fauci attempted to shift focus away from the lab-leak theory that he helped fund in Wuhan, China.
Jordan questioned Fauci’s motive behind pushing the theory that the virus originated naturally and not from the Wuhan lab. He pointed out that if both theories were to be considered, why did Fauci advocate for one theory over the other?
Jordan also criticized Fauci for dismissing the lab theory earlier and calling those who raised it as “nutjobs” and “crackpots.” He mentioned that scientists had sent emails to Fauci in late January stating that the virus came from the Wuhan lab.
According to Jordan, an $8.9 million federal grant played a role in silencing two early voices who said the virus appeared to be engineered and not natural. He noted that three days after they made that claim, their position changed, and the only intervening event was a conference call with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins. He added that three months later, they received $9 million from Dr. Fauci.
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