US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci summoned Republican Senator Rand Paul during a congressional hearing on Tuesday, accusing the lawmaker of spreading bad information and inciting death threats against him over Fauci’s work on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a heated question-and-answer session before the Senate Health Committee, Fauci said Paul’s false accusations of blaming the White House’s chief medical advisor for the millions of deaths led to a steady stream of harassment.
“What happens when he comes out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue is that all of a sudden it kind of stokes crazy in there and I have threats to my life, harassing my family and my kids with lewd phone calls, because people are in there,” Fauci told committee.
Fauci, who holds some of Paul’s office publication calling for the world to be shot, said a California man arrested in Iowa on December 21 was driving from Sacramento to Washington, D.C., with intent to kill several government officials, including That’s Fossey.
“The police asked him where he was going and he was going to Washington, D.C. to kill Dr. Fauci,” he said. “They found in his car, an AR-15 and multiple magazines because he thought I might be killing people.”
It is the latest in a long-running dispute between government officials. The duo have feuded over the country’s pandemic response since at least September 2020, when Fauci called Paul to misunderstand the truth.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) arrives for a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing examining the federal response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and new emerging variables on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. January 11, 2022.
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Paul and Fauci have argued about masks, the risk of reinfection, the state of the pandemic, and the origin of the coronavirus.
“In the usual way, Senator, you’re distorting everything about me,” Fauci said on Tuesday. “This happens all the time, you attack me personally, with absolutely no evidence about anything you say.”
Later in the hearing, Paul responded to Fauci saying it was inappropriate to blame him for the threats.
“It is disappointing to suggest that people who dare question you are somehow responsible for the violent threats,” Paul said.
Fauci was testifying along with CDC Director Dr. The session was examining the government’s work against a highly contagious omicron variant.
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