Ohio Representative Jim Jordan has set his sights on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Jordan is reportedly “building a case” against Fauci for allegedly lying to Congress.
The accusations stem from Fauci’s denial of funding for gain-of-function research during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
Conservative podcaster Benny Johnson recently interviewed Jordan about the matter. Johnson claimed that Fauci lied during the hearing and cited a code in Congress, 18 U.S. Code 1001, which states that lying to Congress can result in imprisonment for up to eight years.
Jordan confirmed that a referral could be made to the Biden Justice Department, but he expressed doubt that they would pursue the case. He also suggested that the Senate Judiciary Committee could potentially make a referral.
Jordan indicated that he would prefer for Fauci to return and take another round of questions, but he is “building the case” and gathering evidence. He also accused Fauci and the CDC of changing the definition of gain-of-function research and “juicing up” the virus, making it more deadly.
Fauci responded to the allegations in an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta. He dismissed the accusations as “craziness” and said he had no idea what Jordan was talking about. Fauci also expressed frustration with the attacks on him and his family, saying that they have received death threats.