WASHINGTON (AP) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top government infectious disease expert, criticized Senator Ted Cruz for offering to investigate Fauci for his COVID-19 allegations and called criticism from Texas Republicans an attack on science.
“Should I be held accountable? What happened on January 6, Senator? Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation. It was a reference to a violent uprising outside the US Capitol by supporters of then President Donald Trump, which was triggered by Cruise helping to raise GOP objections to Congressional confirmation of the 2020 election.
“I’m just going to do my job, and I’m going to save lives, and they’re going to lie,” Fauci said.
Some Republicans, including Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican of Kentucky, accused Fauci of lying to Congress when he denied in May that the National Institutes of Health was funding research into “functionality enhancement” – a practice of amplifying the virus in a lab to study its potential impact. in the real world, at the virology laboratory in Wuhan, China. Cruz called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special attorney to investigate Fauci’s allegations.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the GOP criticism bullshit.
“Anyone who looks at this closely understands that there is a clear anti-scientific flavor to it,” he said.
Cruz and Paul say the NIH’s October letter to Congress contradicts Fauci. But there is no clear evidence or scientific consensus that the NIH funded “functionality enhancement” research, and there is no link between the US-funded research with the advent of COVID-19. The NIH has repeatedly stated that its funding did not go to such research related to the increase in the infectivity and lethality of the pathogen.
When asked in an interview with CBS if Republicans could make claims to make him the scapegoat and deflect criticism of Trump, Fauci said: “Of course you have to sleep to not understand this.”