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.
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 collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology," Daszak told Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci has denied in hearings that U.S. funding was for "gain of function" research, or studies into making diseases more contagious.
They cited the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) unwillingness to cooperate in an investigation into COVID-19's origins.