Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., Matthew Graves, requesting his office open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) on May 11, 2021, by Dr. Anthony Fauci, former Director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“I warned Dr. Fauci of the criminal implications of lying to Congress and offered him an opportunity to recant his previous statement,” Dr. Paul wrote in the letter. “Dr. Fauci’s testimony is inconsistent with facts that have since come to light.”
“Before Congress, Dr. Fauci denied funding gain-of-function research, to the press he claims to have a dispassionate view on the lab leak hypothesis, and in private he acknowledges gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to his colleagues. His own colleagues have acknowledged Dr. Fauci’s inconsistency. A congressional hearing, however, is not the place for a public servant to play political games – especially when the health and well-being of American citizens is on the line,” Dr. Paul continued in the letter.
Dr. Paul’s request is consistent with 18 U.S.C. § 1001 whoever “makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation” as part of “any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate” is subject to criminal fines and imprisonment of up to five years.