Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s resignation due to the leak in e-mails where he admitted they were funding gain-of-function research despite publicly denying it.
“He said they did not find any gain-of-function research. I quoted that specific paper. So the very paper that he puts in the email he says, “Oh my goodness, we need to read this paper because we – it looks like we are actually funding gain-of-function research, which is where we juice up these viruses, take them from animals and infect them into humans,” Paul said in The Ingraham Angle in Fox News.
“He’s admitting that to his underlings. He’s worried about this in February of last year, but only two weeks ago he tells me “Oh, it wasn’t gain-of-function research, but in his email in the subject line, he says, “Gain of function research,” he added.
Senator Paul also said that thousands of emails revealed by Buzzfeed News and The Washington Post showed that Fauci may have been partly responsible for the development of COVID-19 in the country
The gain-of-function emails
Dr. Fauci is at the center of the debate after several of his e-mails during his handling of the pandemic were published. In the wake of the controversy over the leaked messages, several politicians and journalists have called for Fauci’s resignation or dismissal.
The expert has been criticized for his discrepancies on the handling of the pandemic. For example, in February 2020 he said that masks were not useful to mitigate the disease, then insisted throughout the year on their use.
Meanwhile, in another email, Fauci said it is safe to travel domestically despite the pandemic.