Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul, who has challenged most every convention associated with COVID-19, says he’s lead a Senate investigation into the origins of the virus if Republicans win control of the chamber in November.
Paul made the statement this past weekend at a rally in which he also told the crowd he’ll be the chairman of the Senate Health committee.
“When we take over in November, I will be chairman of a committee, and I will have subpoena power. And we will get to the bottom of where this virus came from,” Paul said.
When the minority party takes control of a congressional chamber, the chairmanship historically goes to the whoever was the top minority member on that committee. The so-called “ranking member” is North Carolina GOP Sen. Richard Burr, who is not seeking reelection.
It was unclear Tuesday morning whether Senate Republican leadership has promised the post to Paul, who is a medical doctor.
The Capitol Hill office for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by publication of this story Tuesday morning had yet to respond to Just the News’ question on whether leadership had indeed given Paul the post.
Paul has since essentially late-2019, when the first virus cases were reported, attempted to learn whether Chinese researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology genetically modified a virus that leaked from the lab and fast become the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report from the World Health Organization states the virus did not start there.
“If you look at the evidence, overwhelmingly, not 100%, but overwhelmingly, the evidence points to this virus being a leak from a lab,” Paul also said this past weekend.
Paul has frequently clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci over what he has framed as a coordinated attempt by various members of the government bureaucracy to cover up the U.S.’ connection to the Wuhan lab as well as the consequences of gain-of-function research. Fauci has always denied that the government funds or has funded gain-of-function research in China.
The Chinese government has consistently stonewalled attempts from foreign governments or bodies to investigate the origin of the virus. Paul, as head of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, would likely push for a more aggressive effort to get to the bottom of the virus outbreak.