Rand Paul continues pressing Fauci for answers on NIH gain-of-function funding

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained Paul’s questions for the record following up on Fauci’s dramatic Jan. 11 testimony to the Senate Health, 교육, Labor and Pensions (HELP) 위원회.

Paul submitted 11 “yes or noquestions for Fauci to answer in a letter to Senate HELP Committee chairwoman Patty Murray, D- 워시., and ranking member Richard Burr, R-N.C, 지난주.

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이것의. 랜드 폴, R-Ky., questions Dr. 안토니 포시, White House chief medical adviser and director of the NIAID, during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants on Jan. 11, 2022 at Capitol Hill in Washington.

이것의. 랜드 폴, R-Ky., questions Dr. 안토니 포시, White House chief medical adviser and director of the NIAID, during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants on Jan. 11, 2022 at Capitol Hill in Washington. (GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The American people deserve to know how this pandemic started, to know if the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research that may have caused this pandemic, and to remove from office anyone, such as Dr. Fauci, who let this happen,” Paul told Fox News Digital in a Monday email.

In these questions, I am demanding simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers that aim to get us closer to the truth about the origins of COVID-19,” 그는 계속했다.

Paul’s 질문 for Fauci probed the doctor on the NIH gain-of-research funding, starting with the 부여 providing funds forbat SARS-related coronaviruses to EcoHealth Alliance with a subcontract to the Wuhan Institute of Virology” (WIV).

박사. 안토니 포시, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., 우리., 칠월 20, 2021.

박사. 안토니 포시, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., 우리., 칠월 20, 2021. (Stefanie Reynolds / 로이터)

The Kentucky Republican also asked if Fauci wasprepared to retract your previous false testimony before theSenate HELP Committee if he answered in the affirmative to any of the 11 질문.

Thank you for your diligence in obtaining answers to members’ questions,” Paul wrote in the Jan. 18 편지. “Please inform my staff when answers to these questions have been received.

이것의. 랜드 폴 (R-KY) questions Dr. 안토니 포시, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 워싱턴, D.C.

이것의. 랜드 폴 (R-KY) questions Dr. 안토니 포시, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Senate Health, 교육, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 워싱턴, D.C. (Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

Paul and Fauci got into a heated exchange during the doctor’s latest appearance before the Senate HELP Committee that included personal jabs between the two officials.

폴, a fierce critic of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases director, accused Fauci of playing a role in smearing doctors from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford who had positions different from his own.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed reporting.

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