Rand Paul reveals ‘smoking gun’ he says links Fauci, NIH to research involving Covid-type virus

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul believes research on a grant proposal is the “smoking gun” that could connect the dots with federal agencies and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases.

The Kentucky Republican’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19 found that government officials from 15 different federal agencies were aware as far back as 2018 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China was trying to create a coronavirus like COVID-19.

“These officials knew that the Chinese lab was proposing to create a COVID 19-like virus and not one of these officials revealed this scheme to the public. In fact, 15 agencies with knowledge of this project have continuously refused to release any information concerning this alarming and dangerous research,” Paul wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News this week.

He requested more information in letters sent to 15 federal agencies and told Fox News that the information was kept from the public and only outed when a whistleblower came forward.

“We found out about this first from a brave Marine who reported that this research was a grant proposal back in 2018 that would have allowed Wuhan Institute [of Virology] to create a virus very similar to what COVID-19 turned out to be,” Paul told Fox News anchor John Roberts on “America Reports” Tuesday.


“But we only found out about this from a whistleblower, nobody else in government ever informed us including Anthony Fauci,” he added.

“When Anthony Fauci was asked about this particular grant proposal he said not only did he not fund it, he said we don’t know anything about it and we have never heard of it,” the senator, who is a doctor of ophthalmology, told Roberts.

“What we discovered now and we are releasing for the first time today, 15 agencies knew about this and the original proposal, NIH, and Anthony Fauci’s are NIAID were on the proposal. They weren’t just aware of the proposal, they were intimately involved in the proposal and that was to create a virus that looks a lot like COVID-19 and may well have been COVID-19. But nobody revealed this, and Anthony Fauci continues to say hey, I knew nothing about this,” the GOP lawmaker continued.

“This was his own agency. We now have proof that the NIH and NIAID, Fauci’s agency, knew about this proposal and were part of the proposal despite him continuing in public saying he knew nothing of this proposal. This basically is the smoking gun that ties Anthony Fauci, NIH to the funding of research that may well have led to COVID-19,” Paul said.

Paul explained that he requested information about a 2018 grant proposal that EcoHealth Alliance led called “DEFUSE Project.”

“For years, I have been fighting to obtain records from dozens of federal agencies relating to the origins of COVID-19 and the DEFUSE project. Under duress, the administration finally released documents that show that the DEFUSE project was pitched to at least 15 agencies in January 2018,” he wrote in the op-ed.

“It means that at least 15 federal agencies knew from the beginning of the pandemic that EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology were seeking federal funding in 2018 to create a virus genetically very similar if not identical to COVID-19,” he continued, adding that not one of these agencies “spoke up to warn us.”

In addition, NIAID – under Fauci’s leadership – was “not only briefed on Wuhan’s desire to create this virus, NIAID was actually listed as a participant in the initial DEFUSE pitch,” according to Paul.

“If you have this knowledge you know they are trying to develop this in the lab, you would be suspicious that the virus came from the lab. Instead, Anthony Fauci for the first several months and really for years has tried to call anybody who believes that it came from the lab or looks at evidence that the virus came from this lab, calls them conspiracy theorists, downplays them, denigrates them,” the senator told Roberts.

“He knew about it because not only was his team being briefed about it, we now have documented evidence they were briefed, we also have documented evidence they were partners in this,” he added.

Frieda Powers


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