Rand Paul on Fauci Lying to Congress: "It’s a Felony Punishable by Five Years in Jail"

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Dr. Anthony Fauci better hope and pray that the political winds blow his way for a long time because, as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned, lying to Congress is a felony that comes with years of prison time.

Information about Fauci’s NIH and its connections to the gain-of-function research that happened at the virology lab in Wuhan, China, is swiftly becoming mainstream. As RedState had previously reported in May, documents pertaining to the NIH-funded study titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence” contained grants through EcoHealth Alliance which acted as a subcontractor to the NIH. This was only recently confirmed by The Intercept.

Appearing on Fox News’s “Hannity” with host Sean Hannity, Paul noted that the information we have that reveals Fauci’s connection to the Wuhan lab, and even his own admission that the risk of a pandemic was worth the research, it’s a wonder why he still has a job.

“I find that hard to believe that we still would have someone with such poor judgment, who believes that even a pandemic would be worth it, that this person is in charge of the research for our government, I find that astounding,” said Paul.

Toward the end of the interview, Hannity asked what would happen to him if he had ever lied to congress and what kind of penalty that incurs.

“It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail,” answered Paul.

“We’ve referred it to the Department of Justice. I don’t think Biden’s Department of Justice will do anything with it but yes, it is very dangerous to have public officials who we need to have trust in coming and lying to us, but he has lied dozens of times,’ said Paul. “Usually, he tells us that it’s for our own good but yes, he has dissembled, he has obfuscated—there’s other nicer words—but he has definitely lied to the American public and he should be held responsible but not just that.”

Regardless, Paul thinks Fauci’s career should end now.

“The judgment that we should continue to fund this lab and—that the virus in all likelihood came from the lab. I think it’s such incredibly poor judgment that he should be immediately removed,” said Paul.

Another Republican Senator, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, has a similar opinion as he told Laura Ingraham on the “Ingraham Angle.”

“It is a disgrace and it’s time for Tony Fauci to be held accountable,” Cotton said.

(READ: Tom Cotton Blisters Tony Fauci for Lecturing America as He Hides His Involvement in COVID’s Creation)

Democrats will likely fiercely defend Fauci, but with midterms looming and Republicans predicted to gain seats in both the House and the Senate, Fauci may find himself boiling in hot water very soon.