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In their latest fiery exchange, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed during a Senate hearing that White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci “tried to deceive” scientists he disagreed with. , while the country’s leading infectious disease expert in turn accused the senator of “holding back on personal attacks on me that have no relation to reality.”

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Paul’s interrogation of Fauci during a the hearing The pandemic response convened by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions quickly took a personal turn when the senator accused the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of “trying to destroy the reputation of other scientists who are Disagree with them.”

Dr. Fauci in turn said that “in general” Sen. Paul was “distorting everything about me,” referencing the bitter feud between the two. by 2020,

He argued that the senator was using “a horrific pandemic to your political advantage” and that Paul was attacking him personally “with absolutely no evidence of anything you said.”

About nine minutes of exchange was punctuated between interruptions and voices and ended only because of time constraints.

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