WH chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul called each other liars, shouting back and forth after the senator's time had expired, over National Institutes of Health-funded research at a lab in Wuhan during a Senate hearing Tuesday.
"Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, 2021?
Do you still claim that NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?" Paul asked Fauci.
"I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement," he said. "Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about."
"All the evidence is that [COVID-19] came from the lab, and there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab, including yourself," Paul said.
"I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, Senator," Fauci said. "Because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments that were given in the annual reports that were published in the literature, it is molecularly impossible."
"No one's saying those viruses caused the pandemic," Sen. Paul said. "We're alleging that gain-of-function research was going on in that lab and the NINH funded it."
"You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. I totally resent that and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you," Fauci said. "I have never lied, certainly not before Congress. Case closed."