On Sunday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, stated that Senator Ted Cruz’s move to summon him gave the impression of being partial against science.
On CBS’ “Face The Nation”, Fauci told host Margaret Brennan, “Anybody who’s looking at this carefully realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this,” adding further “If they get up and criticize science, nobody’s going to know what they’re talking about.
But if they get up and aim their bullets at Tony Fauci — people could recognize there’s a person there.”
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In May, Fauci stated that the National Institutes of Health had not financed “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China which is a kind of research that could quite possibly lead pathogens to become more contagious.
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In an October tweet, Cruz (R-Texas) wrote that Fauci was lying adding further “It’s a crime to knowingly lie to Congress, so I asked AG [Merrick] Garland if he’d appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Fauci.”
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It was further claimed by Fauci that the allegations are dangerous not just only for him but for the scientific community as well.
He stated “It’s easy to criticize, but they’re criticizing science because I represent science. That’s dangerous,” adding “To me, that’s more dangerous than the slings and the arrows that get thrown at me. I’m not going to be around here forever, but science is going to be here forever.”
He then added, “I’m just going to do my job and I’m going to be saving lives and they’re going to be lying.”
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The remarks made by Fauci have not been criticized only by Cruz, but some other Republican lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.), although NIH made sure it had not given any money for such research.
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Cruz and Cotton have referred to an October letter emphasizing definite grant funding from the NIH that helped for coronavirus research in a certain manner at the lab to substantiate their statement that Fauci lied.
When Fauci was asked whether the latest allegations are just an approach for Republican lawmakers to use him as an easy mark so that the criticism can be turned aside from the then-President Donald Trump, he responded by saying, “You have to be asleep not to figure that one out.”