House Republicans are building a case against Dr. Anthony Fauci, former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, accusing him of lying to Congress regarding gain-of-function research funding.
Judiciary Committee chair Jim Jordan says he believes Fauci lied about funding gain-of-function research, and that the case is being built for potential referral to the Biden Justice Department.
Fauci denied funding gain-of-function research during testimony before Congress. 18 U.S. Code 1001 makes it illegal to knowingly make false statements or representations to Congress.
Sen. Rand Paul has previously accused Fauci of lying to Congress and referred the case to the Justice Department but expressed little hope of charges being filed.
House Republicans led by Jim Jordan are building a case against Dr. Anthony Fauci The case is focused on accusations of lying to Congress about gain-of-function research funding 18 U.S. Code 1001 makes it illegal to knowingly make false statements or representations to Congress Sen.
Rand Paul has previously accused Fauci of lying to Congress and referred the case to the Justice Department There is little hope of Fauci being charged under the Biden Justice Department, according to Paul.
The Republican effort to build a case against Dr. Fauci is the latest in a series of partisan attacks on a respected public health official.
While it is important to hold public officials accountable for their actions, this case appears to be motivated by political rather than legal concerns.
The accusations against Fauci are based on disputed interpretations of complex scientific research, and it is unlikely that any charges will be brought against him.
The continued focus on Fauci by Republicans is a distraction from the urgent public health challenges facing the nation, and a disservice to the American people.
Rather than engaging in partisan attacks, lawmakers should be working together to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and improve the nation’s public health infrastructure.