House Republicans Preparing Criminal Referral Against Fauci

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently revealed that House Republicans are building a case against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, and chief medical advisor to President Biden. In an interview with journalist Benny Johnson, Jordan stated that Congress could issue a criminal referral to have Fauci prosecuted but admitted that it might not be acted upon by the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to Jordan, House Republicans are “laying that foundation” to build a case against Fauci and are seeking to have him return and take another round of questions. Jordan also alleged that Fauci helped cover up the virus’s origin and changed the definition of gain-of-function research to “juice up” the virus.

Several Republican lawmakers have called for Fauci to be prosecuted for lying to Congress, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who accused Fauci of lying “willingly, knowingly, glibly, and supremely arrogantly” to millions of Americans. He further claimed that in any sane system, Fauci would be prosecuted for lying under oath and would go to jail for lying under oath to Congress.

For his part, Jordan has argued that Fauci helped to cover up the origin of the virus, trying to direct attention away from the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, that Fauci helped fund. During last Wednesday’s hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, Jordan noted that Fauci tried to push the theory that the virus was naturally occurring over the possibility that it leaked from a lab.

The role of an $8.9 million federal grant was also questioned, as it silenced two early voices who said the virus appeared engineered and unnatural. Jordan asked why the scientists changed their position three days after they said it came from a lab and noted that the only intervening event was a conference call with Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins. Three months later, they received $9 million from Fauci.

Fauci mocked those calling for him to be prosecuted in response to calls for his prosecution, stating that there was no response to that “craziness.” He further asked why he should be prosecuted, saying that he had no idea what they were talking about. Fauci defiantly accused his detractors of going off the deep end and engaging in irresponsible behavior.