Fauci and Paul clashed over allegations of “cheap politics” over the alleged “withdrawal” of other scientists

Fauci and Paul clashed over allegations of “cheap politics” over the alleged “withdrawal” of other scientists

Paul, a fierce critic of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases director, accused Fauci of playing a role in smearing doctors from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford who had positions different from his own.

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  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Dr. Anthony Fauci got into a heated exchange marked with personal attacks during a Tuesday hearing dealing with the response to COVID-19 variants.

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“In an email exchange with Dr. [Francis] Collins, you conspire, and I quote here directly from the email, to ‘create a quick and devastating published takedown’ of three prominent epidemiologists from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford,” Paul said.

In response, Fauci sent Collins articles from Wired and The Nation that had already slammed this position. While Fauci himself had not penned those pieces, Paul accused him of going along with Collins’ effort to smear the doctors behind the Great Barrington Declaration.

Paul went on to cite the email exchange, in which Collins was discussing the Great Barrington Declaration which opposed large-scale lockdowns as a response to the pandemic in favor of “focused protection” and herd immunity. 

“Instead of engaging them on the merits, you and Dr. Collins sought to smear them as fringe and take them down, and not in journals in lay press. This is not only antithetical to the scientific method, it’s the epitome of cheap politics, and it’s reprehensible, Dr. Fauci.”

Fauci’s initial response was that the email from Collins to him, not the other way around, but Paul noted that Fauci responded to it with agreement.

The NIAID director then accused Paul of “distorting everything about me,” which he said is Paul’s “usual fashion.” RAND PAUL SLAMS FAUCI-LED COVID ‘HYSTERIA’ BEHIND RETURN TO REMOTE LEARNING: ‘SCIENCE DOESN’T SUPPORT THIS’

Paul went on to allege that this was not the only time that Fauci has “conspired” when it comes to messaging about the pandemic. He pointed to an article from Nature Medicine in 2020 from several doctors that went against the idea that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab, despite the authors being part of a conference call days earlier in which the lab leak theory was discussed as a possibility. That article, and Fauci’s communications with the authors, were noted in a letter sent earlier Tuesday morning from Reps. James Comer, R-Ky., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to Health and Human Services Director Xavier Becerra.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fauci admitted that he spoke privately with scientists behind that article, but when Paul asked him about the substance of the conversation and whether they initially believed the virus came from a lab, Fauci changed the subject by accusing Paul of wasting time by going after him.

“You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance to reality,” Fauci said.

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