(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID), on Sunday pushed back on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) assertion that Fauci should be prosecuted, saying that Republicans are using him as a scapegoat to take the attention off of former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack.
“Senator Cruz told the attorney general you should be prosecuted,” CBS’s “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan pointed out on Sunday.
“Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on Jan. 6, senator?” Fauci said.
When asked whether this is about making Fauci a scapegoat to deflect from former President Donald Trump, Fauci said, “Of course, you have to be asleep not to figure that one out.”
“Well, there are a lot of Republican senators taking aim at this,” Brennan said.
“That's OK, I'm just going to do my job, and I'm going to be saving lives, and they're going to be lying,” Fauci said.
Fauci said that Republican lawmakers who criticize him are criticizing science, because he represents science.
Brennan said that “it seems another layer of danger to play politics around matters of life and death.”
“Right, exactly. Exactly, and to me, that's unbelievably bad because all I want to do is save people's lives. That's what I have done for the last 50 years, 40 of which was 37 of which was leading the institute, and when I see people who scattered around misinformation and lies that can actually endanger the lives of people, but also it is very easy to pick out an individual and make them a target because that's what people can focus on,” Fauci said.
“But you're talking about systems. You're talking about the CDC. You're talking about the FDA. You're talking about science in general. So if they want to- I mean, anybody who's looking at this carefully realizes that there's a distinct anti-science flavor to this," he said.
“So if they get up and criticize science, nobody's going to know what they're talking about, but if they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, well, people could recognize there's a person there. There's a face. There's a voice you can recognize. You see him on television," the NAID director said.
"So it's easy to criticize, but they're really criticizing science because I represent science. That's dangerous. 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, and if you damage science, you are doing something very detrimental to society long after I leave, and that's what I worry about," Fauci said.
“The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted in response to Fauci’s remarks.
Cruz responded to Fauci’s comments by tweeting:
Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans.
He lives in a liberal world where his smug “I REPRESENT science” attitude is praised.
Here are the facts:
(1) On May 11, Fauci testified before a Senate Committee that “the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
(2) On October 20, NIH wrote they funded an experiment at the Wuhan lab testing if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” That is gain of function research.
(3) Fauci’s statement and the NIH’s October 20 letter cannot both be true. The statements are directly contradictory.
(4) 18 USC 1001 makes it felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, to lie to Congress.
No amount of ad hominem insults parroting Democrat talking points will get Fauci out of this contradiction. Fauci either needs to address the substance—in detail, with specific factual corroboration—or DOJ should consider prosecuting him for making false statements to Congress.