Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) took another shot at Dr. Anthony Fauci after hundreds of pages of the doctor’s correspondence from the early days of the pandemic were released after a Freedom of Information Act request.
“Told you,” Paul posted on Twitter, followed by an emoji of a pair of eyes and the hashtag, “#firefauci.”
“Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails,” the doctor-turned-politician added.
Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 2, 2021
Paul’s often heated interactions with Fauci have been typical throughout the epidemic, with Paul frequently querying Fauci on his seemingly contradictory ideas on masks and the origin of COVID-19 or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus Washington Examiner reported.
Paul’s remarks come after Buzzfeed received more than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s communications through a Freedom of Information Act request and published them online on Tuesday, Jun 1.
The emails revealed what the nation’s top infectious disease expert was thinking during the early days of the pandemic, including an exchange in February last year. Fauci expressed doubts about the efficiency of face masks.
“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection,” Fauci replied in answer to a question regarding whether or not she should wear masks on her impending trip.
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you,” Fauci continued. “I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low risk location.”
In one email, Director of the Scripps Research Institute Kristian Andersen told Fauci that CCP Virus’s “unusual features” could make the virus “(potentially) look engineered.”
“We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend,” Andersen wrote to Fauci as part of an exchange of emails.
Andersen also emphasized that he and people of his team all believe “the genome contradicts evolutionary theory,” but noted that “those opinions could change” as more investigations are conducted.
Andersen’s team eventually released a peer-reviewed report stating that “that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible,” but cautioning that more study “could swing the balance of evidence to favor one hypothesis over another.”
Republican lawmakers blast Fauci after the email release
Many Republicans chastised Fauci for receiving information in early 2020, suggesting that the virus had been “engineered” or may have possibly arisen from a lab in Wuhan, China, despite publicly dismissing the notion.
“Fauci’s leaked emails are shocking to say the least,” agreed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
“He needs to be FIRED!” Greene followed up with a photo of herself wearing a black mask adorned with “Fire Fauci.”
Fauci’s leaked emails are shocking to say the least. He needs to be FIRED!— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) June 2, 2021
I introduced a bill to do just that … HR 2316, the “Fire Fauci Act”.
“Big Tech was censoring posts about the Wuhan lab leak. The media was calling people who talked about the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theorists,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted. “All while Fauci himself was emailing about COVID-19 possibly leaking from the Wuhan lab. Let that sink in.”
Big Tech was censoring posts about the Wuhan lab leak.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 2, 2021
The media was calling people who talked about the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theorists.
All while Fauci himself was emailing about COVID-19 possibly leaking from the Wuhan lab.
Let that sink in.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Wednesday, Jun 2, that Fauci did not forward any of the communications on the lab leak scenario to the Trump administration’s coronavirus task committee in early 2020.
“Part of the troubling thing that we’re seeing with these emails that are coming out is, not only do they seem to correspond with what President Trump said and what [then-] Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo said in terms of the origins of the virus,” Meadows said on the Hannity show. “But it indicates that Dr. Fauci had knowledge, or at least a suspicion, of things not happening in an evolutionary manner very early on, and he didn’t share that … That’s very troubling and something that we do need to get to the bottom of.”
According to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the emails show the need for more transparency from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“We must learn how the COVID-19 pandemic started and where it came from so that we can respond and be prepared for the world’s next pandemic,” Rodgers said in a statement. “NIH must be more forthcoming with information they currently have. We need more transparency from the NIH to inform and complete a thorough scientific investigation.”
“Fauci lost my trust long before this,” claimed Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.). “Never contextualizing his statements, never giving honest risk assessments, always treating us like we are too stupid to do anything but lockdown and wear masks forever. The emails show it was worse than we thought.”
Fauci lost my trust long before this. Never contextualizing his statements, never giving honest risk assessments, always treating us like we are too stupid to do anything but lockdown and wear masks forever.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 2, 2021
The emails show it was worse than we thought.
Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) focused on an email in which Fauci reacted to a Chinese health official who apologized for claiming the United States and other countries made a “huge mistake” by not encouraging people to wear masks from the beginning of the pandemic.
“I understand completely,” Fauci answered. “No problem. We will get through this together.”
“Instead of holding the [Chinese Communist Party] accountable for the global pandemic, Dr. Fauci instead told them we will ‘get through this together,’” McClain raged. “This is disgraceful.” Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), who sponsored the Fauci Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act last month, stated on Twitter that it was “time for Americans to hear from other voices. Dr. Fauci has lost credibility.”