Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, has publicly expressed his support for the growing demand to put Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on trial for alleged crimes. This endorsement follows Senator Paul's call for Fauci to be held accountable during an appearance on Fox News.
RT if you agree!!https://t.co/P3jgRpY1Xr
— Jenna Ellis 🐊🇺🇸 (@JennaEllisEsq) April 24, 2023
Senator Paul argued that Fauci played a role in funding hazardous research in Wuhan, which he refers to as gain-of-function, conducted within an opaque dictatorship. He asserts that a lab leak led to millions of global deaths and accuses Fauci of being untruthful during his congressional testimony. Committing perjury is a felony that can result in up to five years of imprisonment.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2023
My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2022
Following Senator Paul's comments, Elon Musk took to Twitter to assert that Fauci should stand trial. The push to prosecute Fauci gained momentum after the unveiling of the "Twitter Files," which revealed that the former chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden had lied about not using Twitter. Journalist Paul D. Thacker, an ex-U.S. Senate investigator and creator of "The DisInformation Chronicle" blog on Substack, presented evidence demonstrating Fauci's dishonesty in his public remarks and a sworn deposition from a year prior.
The mounting calls for legal action against Fauci stem from the COVID-19 pandemic. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan announced that Republicans are working on building a case against him. Citing 18 U.S. Code 1001, a statute concerning false statements made to Congress, conservative podcaster Benny Johnson noted that a guilty individual could face up to eight years in prison. Johnson emphasized that Fauci's case appears to be a prime example of lying to Congress.
Jordan mentioned the possibility of referring the case to the Biden Justice Department and informed Fauci that the Ohio Republican is compiling evidence before inviting him for additional questioning. Fauci voiced concerns about receiving death threats due to the GOP's push for prosecution and condemned the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and blatant lies about him.
In December 2021, Senator Paul referred Fauci to the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly providing false testimony to Congress. However, Paul expressed doubts about the impartiality of the investigation, citing Merrick Garland's actions against parents attending school board meetings.
Elon Musk chimed in on the issue by tweeting that his pronouns are "Prosecute/Fauci," signaling his support for holding Fauci accountable. As Musk backs the demand for Fauci's trial on Twitter, the movement is anticipated to gain increasing traction among Republicans.