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Sen. Rand Paul confronts Fauci over ‘takedown’ of scientists who disagreed with him

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Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is also a doctor, once again got into a heated exchange during Fauci’s testimony on Tuesday. Senator Paul focused on Fauci’s involvement in smearing doctors from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford who had differing opinions than his own.

“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,” said Paul in reference to the recently retired National Institutes of Health director.

Fox News reports:

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.  

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.

“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 was 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.”

Paul, who is also a doctor, 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.

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.

Fauci then spoke of the effect the attacks have had on him and his family, stating that he has received “obscene phone calls” and “threats upon my life” all “because people are lying about me.”

He then recalled an incident when a person from Sacramento was arrested when they were stopped in Iowa and law enforcement discovered a rifle and ammunition.

“And they asked the police to ask him where he was going, and he was going to Washington, D.C., to kill Dr. Fauci,” Fauci said.

Fauci then took a shot at Paul, accusing him of carrying out and encouraging attacks on his character for political purposes. He showed a screenshot from Paul’s campaign website with a call to “Fire Dr. Fauci,” alongside links to donate to the campaign.

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  1. Michael Menashe

    January 11, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Dr.Fauci after all what he did and sponser the COVID 19 research. This mean also that he know before hand what’s the outcome to me he should be jail for 10000 years for the sake of humankind.

  2. jim

    January 12, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Fauci is such a liar, he believes what he says is the truth!

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IRS employees stole from COVID relief programs, went on vacations and shopping sprees

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President Joe Biden recently increased the manpower of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to better go after Americans and squeeze every taxable penny out of them. It’s long been known that the IRS has suspect activity such as going after known conservatives and conservative groups. They are also in a position to know how to best steal from the government, which some employees did.

Just The News reports:

IRS employees — one former and four current — allegedly submitted fraudulent loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs in schemes seeking to obtain a combined $1.1 million in loans, the government spending watchdog OpenTheBooks.com reported.

The five alleged fraudsters were approved by the SBA for a combined $418,125 in loans, individually receiving between $27,550 and $171,400.

The individuals charged were: Brian Saulsberry, 46, of Memphis; Courtney Quinshe Westmoreland, 38 of Cordova, Tenn.; Fatina Hewitt, 35, of Olive Branch, Miss.; Roderick DeMarco White II, 27, of Memphis; and Tina Humes, 56, of Memphis.

According to the DOJ:

  • Saulsberry obtained $171,400 in loan funds and purchased a Mercedes-Benz.
  • Hewitt scored $28,900 in loans and purchased Gucci clothing and a trip to Las Vegas.
  • With more than $66,000 in illicit loan proceeds, White purchased personal items, including a Gucci bag.
  • With $123,612 in ill-gotten funds, Humes splurged on jewelry and trips to Last Vegas.
  • Westmoreland treated herself to manicures, massages and luxury clothing with more than $11,000 in fraudulent pandemic loans finagled through multiple PPP and EIDL program applications for a purported apparel business. She also allegedly submitted fraudulent unemployment insurance benefit applications to the Tennessee Department of Labor while she was a full-time IRS employee, snagging another $16,050 in UI benefits.

The inspector generals for both the IRS and SBA investigated the fraudulent loans and released statements:

“We will continue to aggressively pursue IRS employees who breach the public trust, safeguarding the integrity of the IRS,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, whose office’s mission includes investigating allegations of crime committed by IRS employees.

“It is especially egregious when individuals that hold positions of public trust engage in criminal activity,” said Small Business Administration Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware. “OIG is a ready partner in safeguarding the integrity of SBA’s programs and in bringing wrongdoers to justice.”

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