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Sen Ted Cruz brands Fauci 'the most dangerous bureaucrat in the history of America'

Senator Ted Cruz has branded Dr Anthony Fauci 'the most dangerous bureaucrat in American history' and suggested the COVID tsar could end up in prison. 

Speaking on Fox News Monday night, the Texas lawmaker issued his latest salvo against Fauci after the White House's chief medical adviser lashed him Sunday.

Cruz told Sean Hannity: 'I've got to say, Dr. Fauci, I think, is the most dangerous bureaucrat in the history of the country. He talked about hurting science but I don't think anyone has hurt science or hurt the credibility of doctors more than Dr. Fauci because throughout this pandemic, he has been dishonest, he's been political, he's been partisan.'

Fauci has been accused of being ego-crazed because of the amount of TV interviews he undertakes, with his most recent CBS News appearance Sunday also seeing him blast Cruz and suggest the lawmaker was linked to the January 6 riots.

Senator Ted Cruz hit back at Anthony Fauci again on Fox News Monday night, blasting his ego and saying he could face five years in jail for allegedly lying to Congress 

Referring to that interview, Cruz continued: '(Fauci) said, I represent science. I am science. I was laughing. It's like Louis XIV, the sun king in France saying "I am the state." It is this delusion of grandeur.' 

Louis XIV ruled France between 1643 and 1715, and was given the nickname because he believed the Kingdom of France revolved around him.  

Cruz also highlighted what he claims was a breach of a US law - 18USC, Code 1001 - made by Fauci when he told a Senate hearing in May that the National Institutes of Health, of which he serves as a director, did not fund 'gain of function' research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In October, the National Institutes of Health admitted it had funded gain of function research, which seeks to make viruses more potent to try and find treatments for them. 

Cruz said: 'The statement from Dr. Fauci and the NIH are directly contradictory. I think (CBS interviewer) Margaret Brennan is a talented journalist, but she dropped the ball in not following up and letting him just respond with insult instead of asking the simple question.

Fauci has been accused of being egotistical for his frequent TV appearances, and has also drawn the scorn of another Republican senator, Rand Paul 

'You stated that we don't fund gain-of-function research, the NIH stated that we do fund gain-of-function research.  They can't both be true. And if you lie to Congress, it's a felony.

'She didn't press him on that.

'And listen, at the end of the day, 18 USC Code 1001 makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison for lying to congress. The statement from Dr. Fauci and the NIH are directly contradictory.'    

Cruz and his fellow GOP Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, have both proven to be a thorn in the 80 year-old immunologist's side.

 Paul has also clashed with Fauci during multiple Senate showdowns about COVID.

And he took aim at the doctor over the CBS interview Sunday, tweeting: 'The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. 

'It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.'