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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) floated on Thursday his theories for why Dr. Anthony Fauci allegedly visited the CIA headquarters to advise the intelligence agency on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is the background?
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic revealed this week that it had received "concerning information" about the CIA's investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
In a letter sent to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, committee Chairman Brad Wenstrup explained:
The information provided suggests that Dr. Fauci was escorted into Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters—without a record of entry—and participated in the analysis to “influence” the Agency’s review. Our goal is to ensure the scientific investigative process regarding the origins of COVID-19 was fair, impartial, and free of alternative influence.
Importantly, the visit remains an allegation only; Congress has not made public evidence proving the visit took place.
What did Paul say?
The Kentucky Republican, Fauci's archenemy, posited three theories for the purpose of Fauci's alleged visit to CIA headquarters.
First, Paul suggested that Fauci outright "convinced the CIA to dishonestly obscure the lab origin of COVID." Second, Paul suggested the inverse, that the "CIA convinced Fauci to obscure the lab origin of COVID."
Finally, Paul suggested, "An outside entity or person with unlimited monetary resources convinced Fauci to influence the CIA to obscure the lab origin of COVID."
One thing, however, "is for certain," Paul declared, "Fauci did not visit the CIA to seek the truth but to facilitate and further the cover-up."
The CIA is one of the intelligence agencies that has not reached a definitive conclusion about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Central Intelligence Agency and another agency remain unable to determine the precise origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, as both hypotheses rely on significant assumptions or face challenges with conflicting reporting," explained a declassified report from the director of national intelligence.
That conclusion, or lack thereof, was purportedly reached despite six of seven CIA investigators allegedly concluding the pandemic originated at the Wuhan bio lab.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News