Republican Senator Rand Paul has told Fox News he is sending a criminal referral letter to the Department of Justice about Dr Anthony Fauci.
During a fiery Senate hearing chaired by Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Senator Paul said Dr Fauci was lying over claims the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease did not fund gain of research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has come under structiny in recent months, with numerous scientists including some linked to the World Health Organisation saying COVID-19 likely leaked from the lab.
Gain of function research refers to when scientists take a pathogen and make it more virulent and transmissible in order to study how the virus reacts in a new environment.
During the confrontation, Dr Fauci denied Senator Paul’s allegaton the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease, the body he heads up, funded this research at the Wuhan lab.