1) GOP KY Sen Paul to Fauci: Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, 2021? Do you still claim that NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan?
2) Fauci: Sen Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.
3) Fauci: Sen Paul, You do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially..
4) Fauci: I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, Senator, because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments that were given in the annual reports that were published in the literature, it is molecularly impossible.
Paul: No one's saying it is
5) Fauci: You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual. I totally resent that..I have never lied, certainly not before Congress. Case closed.

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