Rand Paul says the US govt no better than China on transparency of COVID origins

According to Republican Sen. Rand Paul, there’s not much difference between the United States government and the Chinese government when it comes to transparency.

“We complain that the Chinese government is opaque and obstructionist — and that’s true. But we’re getting the same sort of difficulties from our government,” he said in an exclusive interview this week with the New York Post.

Especially in regard to the lab leak theory.

Consider, for example, the recent discovery that the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that the COVID pandemic most likely originated via a lab leak of some sort.

This stunning, bombshell discovery was listed in a “classified intelligence report” that was presented to the White House and to certain members of Congress, and then subsequently leaked to The Wall Street Journal.

“The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research,” the Journal reported in late February.

The fact that it had to be leaked for the public to learn about it frustrates Paul.

“Because it’s classified, then I can’t do my due diligence of oversight. I can’t announce it to the public. And so we end up relying on all the leaks to the media, which are illegal,” he explained to the Post.

And so, while it’s great that the DOE’s conclusion is finally public information, how many other crucial discoveries remain hidden?

“The over-classification problem is stymying the investigation. Our government has reams of classified material that all point towards the COVID virus originating in the lab in Wuhan,” Paul said.

He meant Republicans’ investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Most suspect the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China and have been trying to prove as much. But they’ve been stymied the whole way.

For example, the senator has reportedly sent over 25 letters to eight government agencies demanding more information about whether the National Institutes of Health had funded gain-of-function research at the institute. Yet he’s received no reply.

“I’ve gotten virtually zero information. They’re not willing to tell someone who represents the state who they gave the money to,” he told the Post.

There’s also the Dr. Anthony Fauci factor to consider.

“Newly released emails from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic show that Fauci ordered, edited and approved a February 2020 paper published in the Nature Medicine journal, which deemed the lab-leak theory null and was touted as definitive evidence that COVID-19 jumped naturally to humans from an animal,” according to the Post.

Paul believes the emails prove that Fauci created “an orchestrated consensus” to cover his own tracks and tarnish his ideological opponents.

“If you look at the emails, [Fauci and other officials] will say that our goal is that this will emerge as the scientific consensus — and that you’re a conspiracy theorist if you argue that this virus might have come from a lab,” the senator said.

According to the Post, the senator’s “next battle” involves determining whether Fauci receives royalties from vaccine manufacturers.

“While members of Congress like Paul have to divulge their income sources, a 1980s law protects public health officials like Fauci from having to do the same,” the Post notes.

All that’s definitely known is that Fauci’s net worth soared by $5 million to a high of $12.6 million while he was pushing for lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and other diktats during the height of the COVID pandemic. This is despite earning an official salary of only $456,000 in 2021 and $480,000 in 2022.

That being said, Paul’s top focus remains on discovering the origins of COVID.

“The biggest thing is to ascertain whether it came from the lab. And we need to look at this type of research both in our country and around the world,” he said.

As for Fauci, the senator thinks he’s anything but the “hero” leftists view him as.

“I do think that the understanding of what Dr. Fauci was doing and his intentions has changed over time. I think in February or March of 2020, everyone felt like he was a well-intentioned government doctor who wanted to keep us safe,” he said.

“But I think what’s happened now is people have seen that he was a doctor who was trying to cover his tracks. He is a public health official who had funded dangerous research in China that in all likelihood led to the pandemic,” he added.


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