This after Project Veritas published papers from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, that show a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow with DARPA saying that:
"SARS-CoV-2 is an American-created recombinant bat vaccine or its precursor virus. It was created by an EcoHealth Alliance program at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), as suggested by the reporting surrounding the lab leak hypothesis. The details of this program have been concealed since the pandemic began. These details can be found in the EcoHealth Alliance proposal response to the DARPA PREEMPT program Broad Agency Announcement... dated March 2018... a document not yet publicly disclosed."
Paul entered an email exchange between Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins in which Collins and Fauci attempted to "take down" noted epidemiologists as "fringe." Fauci, instead of addressing Paul's concerns, tells Paul that he is "distorting the truth" and misrepresenting Fauci.
"The idea that a government official, like yourself, would claim unilaterally to represent science, that any criticism of you would be considered a criticism of science itself, is quite dangerous," Paul began.
"Central planning, whether it be of the economy or of science is risky because of the fallibility of the planner. It would not be so catastrophic. If the planner were simply one physician in Peoria. Then the mistakes would only affect that physician's patients, the people who chose that physician," Paul continued.
"But when the planner is a government official," Paul went on, "like yourself who rules by mandate, the errors are compounded and become much more harmful. A planner who believes he is 'the science' leads to an arrogance that justifies in his mind using government resources to smear and to destroy the reputations of other scientists who disagree with him."
"In an email exchange with Dr. [Francis] Collins you conspired 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. (Apparently, there's a lot of fringe epidemiologists at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford.) And you quote in the email that they are from Dr. Collins and you agree that they are fringe. Immediately as this takedown ethic," Paul critiqued.
"A published takedown, though," Paul continued, "you know, doesn't exactly conjure up the image of a dispassionate scientist. 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 cheap politics and it's reprehensible, Dr. Fauci. Do you really think it's appropriate to use your $420,000 salary to attack scientists that disagree with you?"