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Rand Paul: 'Fauci could be culpable for the entire pandemic'

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force delivers remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, April 6, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday morning that while there's no hard proof yet regarding the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's becoming clearer that Dr. Anthony Fauci "could be culpable for the entire pandemic."

In an interview with "Fox & Friends," the Republican senator pointed out that the sole U.S. representative of the World Health Organization team investigating the origin of the pandemic was Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance.

His organization was the recipient of funds from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is emerging as the likely origin of the pandemic.

"So NIH gave the money to EcoHealth ... and the head of EcoHealth – they got him to investigate whether Wuhan was doing anything inappropriate in their lab," Paul said.

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"But if they were, then wouldn’t he be culpable?" the Kentucky lawmaker asked. "Doesn’t he have a self-interest in smoothing things over?"

Ultimately, however, Paul said, there's someone else who bears more responsibility.

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