Dr. Fauci Reads the Riot Act to Senator Paul

At a hearing in the Senate, Mister Paul

Accused Dr. Fauci of lying to all.

“You don’t know what you’re talking about,’

Retorted the Doc, with anger no doubt.

“If anyone’s lying I’ll tell what’s true

The one absolutely who’s lying is YOU!”

Fauci and Rand Paul have terse exchange: 'You do not know what you are  talking about' - CNNPolitics
Dr. Anthony Fauci and U.S. Senator Rand Paul during the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on July 20, 2021.

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  • Bravo, AW! Bravo Dr. Fauci

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Yes, bravo indeed!

  • You didn't say what the substance of the argument was. A couple of months ago, Paul accused Fauci of sending US money to the Wuhan lab that unleashed the corona virus, which I thought was pure bourgeois, but a couple of days later, several reliable sources stated the same theory.

  • In reply to jack:

    As I understand it, the issue is more specific than whether or not NIH funded research in Wuhan. It was whether it funded "gain-of-function" research. Here is the exchange:

    Fauci answered. “This paper was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”

    Paul interjected, “When you take an animal virus, and you increase its transmissibility to humans—you’re saying that’s not gain-of-function research?”

    Fauci said, “That is correct, and Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly.”

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Thanks. That's what it was, but it seems to be a technical debate between 2 doctors, certainly beyond my expertise. The debate is summarized here. My recollection was sort of like the virus came from a bat and infected someone who then traveled to the Wuhan area, the lab brought the virus to Wuhan and it escaped, or, based on this theory, the lab weaponized the virus. Obviously, it is now mutating naturally.

  • In reply to jack:

    It may be a technical debate, but Rand Paul now threatens to resolve it in a criminal prosecution for perjury. Seems like a pretty heavy-handed way to try to win an argument.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    At that point it is just bloviating on Paul's part. No knowing false statement of fact, and hence the DOJ won't take it up. He's just pandering to his yahoo voters. If he were serious, he would go for contempt of Congress, but that would go nowhere, either.

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