On the latest episode of The Hill’s “Rising,” journalist and political commentator Kim Iversen said if Dr. Anthony Fauci lied to Congress about the National Institutes of Health funding gain-of-function research, that’s a criminal offense.
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On the latest episode of The Hill’s “Rising,” journalist and political commentator Kim Iversen took a look at Dr. Anthony Fauci’s track record of lying, moving the goalposts and giving the public mixed messages.
“Why hasn’t Fauci been fired yet?” she asked.
“In fact,” said Iversen, “Fauci insisted the only person lying during the heated exchange was Senator Rand Paul himself.”
“The question is no longer whether or not the NIH funded gain of function research, because they did. The question is now whether or not Dr. Fauci knew about it when he sat in front of Congress asserting unequivocally they hadn’t funded such research.”
Iversen reminded the audience that lying to Congress is legally a crime, known as perjury.
“Perjury is a serious criminal offense that can land a person in jail,” Iversen said, “as it did recently for Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, and it can even lead to the impeachment of a sitting president, as was the case for Bill Clinton”
“Legally speaking,” Iversen said, these lies are different from Fauci’s previous lies which were told in front of news cameras.
Iversen highlighted one “noble lie” Fauci told in front of news cameras:
“Originally, Fauci claimed the only people that should wear masks are healthcare workers around known COVID patients, and then, after urging local, state, and federal leaders to adopt all encompassing public mask mandates, he claimed that he wasn’t walking back his earlier mask statement but that he lied to spare the scarce number of masks for frontline healthcare workers.”
Iversen said Fauci also lied when he claimed the science pointed to needing 60% to 70% population immunity in order to reach herd immunity.
“That number slowly began to inch up as time went on … It eventually got to 90%, and now it seems like it’s closer to 99%,” she said.
Fauci admitted his target for herd immunity is moving, not because the science is changing, but because the public’s perception of vaccination is changing.
Iversen cited a New York Times article where Fauci admitted when he saw national surveys showing higher public acceptance of vaccines he thought to himself, “I can nudge this [target for herd immunity] up a bit.”
Iversen also accused Fauci of “flip-flopping or moving the goalposts” on almost every topic related to COVID vaccines and vaccination.
“Regarding who needs a vaccine, how many people we need to vaccinate, what you can or cannot do while vaccinated, whether you can or cannot spread the virus while vaccinated, whether you can or cannot get sick while vaccinated, and how many shots of the vaccine we’ll need — it’s been a total mixed bag of messages.
“The only thing consistent about Fauci are his dropping approval ratings. His national approval rating currently sits at 41% and my guess is after the latest news about the gain-of-function research and even the puppies, his approval will worsen.”
Iversen said the people who’ve been behind Fauci this entire time should now be calling for his resignation, or calling on President Biden to fire him, for the simple fact that “in order for us to get through this pandemic, we need to have everyone on board with consistent action — and Fauci is clearly not the guy to get that done.”
Watch the segment here: