Did Dr. Anthony Fauci perjure himself in a congressional hearing?
Reasonable people may differ on the answer to that question – but those dissenting may not know the backstory. In a tense, combative series of exchanges in Congress recently, libertarian firebrand Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) grilled Fauci about his consistently inconsistent COVID-19 messaging and the origins of the virus that has paralyzed the planet for more than a year.
America’s doctor adamantly insisted that the federal institutions over which he has presided for decades – National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) -- did not fund gain-of-function studies to increase the transmissibility, pathogenicity, and lethality of coronaviruses for potential use as bioweapons. Paul characterized that claim as “verifiably false.”
And there may be a smoking gun that proves the senator right.
“Supervirus” gain-of-function studies were suspended in America in 2014 for the very real danger they posed in laboratory escape. Some highly concerning lab accidents had occurred at CDC headquarters in Georgia, and the Obama administration decided to err on caution’s side. During the internal chaos of the Trump administration, however, it is alleged that Fauci worked the system to midwife the resumption of the gain-of-function studies that previously had been suspended – without authorization from the White House to do so.
Under Fauci’s ae...