Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he plans to issue a subpoena for COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci’s records if Republicans recapture the Senate in the 2022 midterms and if he is named the head of a committee.

Paul, who is a physician, could become the chairman of the Senate Health Committee should the GOP flip the 50–50 Senate. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N. C.), the ranking member of the committee, is retiring at the end of his term.

“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of [Fauci’s] records,” Paul told podcaster Lisa Boothe. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”

During Senate hearings on the federal government’s COVID-19 response, Fauci and Paul have clashed over vaccines, masks, and the origins of COVID-19.

Paul has said that he believes Fauci and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sent funding to a virology lab in Wuhan, China, located near the first reported outbreak of COVID-19. New emails published last month suggest Fauci was told privately by key scientists that it is “highly unlikely” that COVID-19 had a natural origin.

And before that, emails showed that British zoologist Peter Daszak, whose EcoHealth Alliance received federal funding to study bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, thanked Fauci.

“I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and co… (Read more)

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