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Fmr. testing czar hits Fauci for saying Paul lied about gain-of-function: ‘Questions deserve to be answered’

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Former testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir excoriated Dr. Fauci for his unprofessional exchange in Congress calling Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., a liar, who, in turn, threatened the epidemiologist with prison for lying about gain-of-function funding.

In an appearance on Fox & Friends Wednesday, Giroir didn’t hold back when it came to the explosive hearing in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee where Paul queried Fauci on sending funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The former testing czar called it “a concerning exchange.” He then went so far as to accuse Fauci of “hiding behind a technical definition” to provide cover for the National Institutes of Health who allegedly provided a funding grant for gain-of-function research.

“What they did fund was exactly what Rand Paul said,” Giroir remarked. “They funded researchers to go hundreds of miles away into the back of bat caves, extract dangerous viruses from bats that have never been seen by humans before, and bring them to a city of 10 million people in the Wuhan lab. Next, they chopped up those viruses and created new Frankenstein viruses to see if they could infect human cells. That may not technically be ‘gain of function research,’ but it’s dangerous research, and Senator Paul’s questions deserve to be answered.”

“If I were a betting man and I’m not. I would bet all those viruses got immediately channeled into the Chinese bioweapons program with the Chinese military that we know were operating at the Wuhan lab,” Giroir posited.

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The former four-star admiral contended that Rand Paul asked “legitimate questions” at the hearing and “I don’t think we got a legitimate answer.”

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade then asked him, “You worked with Dr. Fauci. Have you ever seen him so rattled or inappropriate in a Senate hearing?”

“No, I really haven’t,” Giroir honestly replied. “He is usually pretty cool in those hearings. And I was really concerned because I don’t think that posture was good for him, good for the hearing, or go to inspire confidence in the American people, he stated.

“Look, I was in that chair, senator Murray, senator Warren beat us up in the Trump Administration. But you take it respectfully. That’s part of the process. I have never, ever seen — and I hope it never happens again — that a witness who is a public health official calls a U.S. Senator a liar and doesn’t know what he was talking about when clearly Senator Paul read the paper and had important points to be made,” he commented.

Giroir was steadfast in stating that the NIH provided funding for “dangerous research.” But he would not fully commit to whether it meets the definition of gain-of-function research.

“Well, I don’t know what the NIH considers. I described the research. It is extremely dangerous concerning research. If this originated from a bat cave, why would we go out and look for trouble and bring it to a city of 10 million people and then chop that virus up?” he asked.

“So, you know, there’s probably legal definitions of what it is or what it isn’t. Had the point is, this research was potentially dangerous research that brought dangerous viruses in, chopped them up, made new viruses and looked at their infectivity,” the admiral said. “Now, to me, that’s gain of function research or could lead directly to gain of function research, but under any definition, that is something that needs to be investigated, Congress in a bipartisan way needs to completely open the kimona on NIH research and accountability for that research.”

The admiral was well-received on social media for his comments on Fauci:

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