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"Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect," Dr. Anthony Fauci told Sen. Rand Paul on May 11 of this year. "The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute." 

This was in the midst of a lengthy exchange between the two doctors over Paul's line of questioning over research that may have eventually led to the development and release of the deadly Covid-19 virus that has crippled this nation's economy for nearly two years.

Now we know that Fauci lied in this infamous exchange. It wasn't a gaffe. It wasn't an accidental omission of irrelevant, immaterial details. It was an outright, categorical denial of the most important line of questioning pertaining to the origins of the virus and the possible connection to American financial participation in the process. 

Here's the exchange: 

Yesterday, the lie was exposed... by Fauci's own agency. 

Our Katie Pavlich delivers the receipts: 

The National Institutes of Health released a letter Wednesday night correcting the record on the agency's funding of dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

"The fifth and final progress report for Grant R01AI110964, awarded to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. is attached with redactions only for personally identifiable information," a letter written by NIH Principal Deputy Director Larence Tabak to Republican Congressman James Comer states. "It includes data from a research project conducted during the 2018-2019 grant period using bat coronavirus genome sequences already existing in nature."

"The limited experiment described the final progress report provided by EcoHealth Alliance was testing if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of biding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model," the letter continues. "In this limited experiment, laboratory mice infected with the SHC014 W1V1 bat coronavirus became sicker than those infected with the W1V1 bat coronavirus."

In the letter, Tabak maintains that while gain-of-function research was conducted, SARS-CoV-2 was not developed through that kind of research at the Wuhan lab.

As for Senator Paul: 

Apologists claim that the NIH had no idea this research was done and its vendor never disclosed the information, but as usual, our colleague Scott Hounsell at RedState is all over that:

Again, if Daszak, who helped to submit the Chinese tailored World Health Organization report on the origins of COVID-19, and authored the infamous Lancet letter, almost universally scientifically decided to be a fraudulent assessment, is in charge of EcoHealth Alliance, why would the NIH expect that Daszak or his organization would tell the truth or submit accurate reports if it could implicate them in the murder of 5 million people?

The NIH letter then provides a genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2, to known viruses as questioned by Representative Comer. As our reporting here at RedState has previously hypothesized, RaTG13 is the most likely candidate as the backbone for SARS-CoV-2, after facing the genetic manipulation of gain-of-function research. The NIH letter to Comer openly states what we already know:  That RaTG13 (a virus found naturally in a cave in the Yunnan Province in 2013), shares 96% of its genomic code with SARS-CoV-2.

In other words... when Fauci gave his sworn testimony in May, over a year after the crippling pandemic had taken hold, one would expect that he would've ensured that any research the US was connected to in Wuhan would've been vetted and any connection to gain-of-function research would've been revealed. 

To merely claim "we had no idea" is not sufficient. He should have known. And he probably did. 

But, his unequivocal denials do not leave him any wiggle room for a back-tracking "oh, I was mistaken, I didn't know about this at the time" weasel way out. 

Fauci has been caught in a consequential, high-profile lie that could rise to the level of perjury considering the material nature of the subject and the fact that his lie was delivered under oath, to the United States Senate and while serving in his capacity as director of NIAID. 

This was not a minor little lie that can be boiled down to an oversight or an error or a tiny fact that merely slipped the mind. Paul rounded back on the topic and gave Fauci opportunity after opportunity to correct the record, and Fauci continued to grandstand, pound the table and shout his lie directly at the senator from Kentucky. 

He needs to be fired. 

He needs to be fired not just for this but for the very real fact that his role has been completely compromised by his own behavior. 

When he speaks, it literally makes no difference. 

Those who disbelieve him won't listen, or if they do, will mock his words and show his inconsistencies of the past that negate his exhortations today. 

Those who do believe him are already persuaded to wear a mask, get a shot, put their kids in masks, abstain from sporting events, cancel holidays, and accept all the other myriad controls over our lives and our liberties that Fauci seems to relish invoking from his air-conditioned studio as he's piped into another Sunday talk show that only his fan club is watching anyway. 

His TV appearances have been reduced to confirmation fear porn for the masses who are already too terrified to take their outer mask off before they get in their car alone. 

He is worse than a liar... he is an irrelevant liar. And we are paying him handsomely to continue his lies. 

He does more harm than good, which, last I checked, is not really in keeping with his Hippocratic Oath... and his lies certainly violate his oath of office. 

Fire him now... and then begin the investigation into his behavior. 

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