Rand Paul to probe Fauci’s suspected ‘off the books’ meetings with CIA before COVID-19 hit

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul continues to hold Dr. Anthony Fauci’s feet to the fire and reveals he is investigating “off the books” trips he reportedly made to the CIA.

Spending the last few years probing the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Republican has repeatedly called out Fauci for the part he played as the once director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Paul highlighted his look at Fauci’s connection with the Central Intelligence Agency in an interview with DailyMail.com, explaining how the federal agency does not have a clear stance on the origins of the virus.

“The CIA officially still says [COVID-19 is] probably from animals,” Paul told the outlet. “We also have stories, rumors and innuendo that Fauci was a frequent visitor off the books to the CIA.”

“We have another whistleblower from the CIA that says that the scientific committee that was commissioned to look into the origins of the virus actually voted six to one that it came from the lab and that they were overruled by superiors at the CIA,” he told Daily Mail as he discussed the CIA connection and the suspicious secretive meetings with Fauci.

The CDC website maintains, “We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but we know that it originally came from an animal, likely a bat.”

Paul found this “batty,” according to the Daily Mail. The GOP lawmaker, who is a doctor of ophthalmology, recently sent letters to 15 different federal agencies, contending that government officials were aware as far back as 2018 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China was trying to create a coronavirus like COVID-19.

The senator was looking into 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,” Paul wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News this week.

“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.”

And with NIAID being part of the proposal, Fauci was sure to have known, according to Paul.

“So in January and February of 2020, instead of Anthony Fauci piping up and saying ‘Oh, wow, they briefed us on this. It looks like they ended up doing what they briefed us on’ instead of saying that, he commissioned people to say the opposite,” he told DailyMail.com.

“It makes me think there’s really something there that they’re hiding,” he added.

“The fact that 15 agencies knew about this when the virus structure came out in January 2020 should have [said] ‘I can’t believe that the virus looks like exactly what they were proposing to do in research in 2018,'” Paul continued.

“Anybody that was associated with any funding that went to Wuhan is concerned that they’ll get blamed basically for the pandemic,” he said. “And so they’re trying to obscure any connections they had with this.”

While the senator noted that the Biden administration has been anything but helpful in his investigation, he hopes that a future – possibly Trump administration – may turn the tide.

“I sort of salivate at the notion that we can get a friendly administration who would have a friendly Secretary of Health and Human Services that oversees NIH,” he told the outlet.

Frieda Powers


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