Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk has come out in support of the growing call for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to stand trial for crimes has has allegedly committed.
Musk’s stance comes in the wake of Senator Paul’s appearance on Fox News where he demanded that Fauci be held accountable for his actions.
“Yeah, I think Fauci deserves culpability and history is going to judge him very poorly because he made the judgment to fund this research,” Paul said. “It’s dangerous research. He doesn’t want to call it gain of function, but most other scientists do call it gain of function, in Wuhan, in an opaque totalitarian country. And in the end, there was a leak from the lab and millions of people died worldwide.”
Paul also said he thinks Fauci was untruthful during his testimony before Congress.
“It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail if someone is actually charged with lying under oath,” he said.
In a post on Twitter, Elon Musk reacted to Sen. Paul’s comments by saying that Fauci deserves, “Certainly trial.”
The pressure is building to prosecute Fauci after the latest release of the “Twitter Files,” which showed that the former top medical advisor to President Joe Biden lied when he insisted that he never used Twitter.
Journalist Paul D. Thacker, who is a former U.S. Senate investigator, published proof that the longtime NIAID director was less-than-truthful in his statements to the public as well as in a sworn deposition that he gave last year. Thacker, who runs “The DisInformation Chronicle” blog on Substack exposed Fauci’s dishonest claim that he did not use Twitter.
The call for legal action against Fauci relates to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said earlier that Republicans are building their case against Fauci.
“So, specifically before your committee, and also before Rand Paul over in the Senate, Dr. Fauci has, of course, absolved himself of all funding of gain-of-function,” conservative podcaster Benny Johnson said in an interview with Jordan. “He said he doesn’t know anything about it. It is verifiable and demonstrable that he lied. Now, there are codes in Congress. I have a code right here, 18 U.S. Code 1001.”
“Statements — false statements to Congress,” Johnson noted. “Says you can be imprisoned, says you can be imprisoned for eight years if you lie to Congress. It seems like there has never been a more clear-cut case of some individual lying to Congress.”
“Yeah, we can do — there could be a referral, but you would refer to the Biden Justice Department,” Jordan responded. “I don’t know that — they’re going to pursue that, but you can definitely do that. You could have to have one of the committees, the Senate Judiciary Committee could do a referral. I doubt they will with the Democrats in charge.”
“We could do a referral potentially,” the Ohio Republican continued. “I would, frankly, prefer just to have Dr. Fauci come back in and take another round of questions here, but we’re building the case. You know, like, we had Dr. Redfield testify, Chairman Wenstrup did. I thought he was — I thought he was great. As were the other witnesses that were brought in.”
Fauci claims he’s received death threats over the GOP’s call to have him prosecuted.
“I mean, they don’t like to have me getting death threats all the time. Every time someone gets up and spouts some nonsense that’s misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies, somebody somewhere decides they want to do harm to me and or my family,” he said. “That’s the part of it that is really unfortunate.”
“The rest of it is just insanity, the things they’re saying. But it does have a negative effect when people take it seriously and take it out on you and your family,” he added.
In December 2021, Sen. Paul announced that he referred Fauci to the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly making false statements before Congress.
“We’ve referred him to the Department of Justice, but then again, Merrick Garland is the one now going after parents that go to school board meetings,” Paul said.
“So I don’t have a lot of hope that Merrick Garland is objectively looking at Fauci’s lying,” Paul continued, followed by a pointed 12-word statement about the NIAID director: “Fauci should go to prison for five years for lying to Congress.”
Elon Musk told his 120 million Twitter followers in 2022 that Dr. Anthony Fauci should be criminally prosecuted.
“My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” he tweeted.
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