Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci should be locked up for his “dishonesty” during the COVID pandemic, his strongest remarks yet on the retired immunologist who for a time was arguably the most powerful unelected figure in the nation’s history.

During a weekend appearance on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York-based radio station WABC 770 AM, Paul said the elfin former COVID czar “should go to prison” for his “dishonesty” and his “slipshod” handling of the dangerous gain of function research at the Chinese research lab that is widely believed to have been the site that the society altering virus escaped from.

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“History should judge him as a deficient person who made one of the worst decisions in public health history — in the entire history of the world,” the senator told host John Catsimatidis.

“For his dishonesty, frankly, he should go to prison,” Paul said. “Do you think the scientific knowledge that was gained from this research was worth the deaths of 20 million people?”

He also said that he was “startled” that Democrats still treat the longtime former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as if he’s a “medical messiah” and protect him as a “symbol of big government.”

“He’s never been held responsible,”

The Kentucky Republican’s comments come after the 83-year-old career government employee testified behind closed doors before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic last week, fessing up that the six-foot requirements for social distancing weren’t rooted in “the science” and “sort of just appeared” in an admission that calls into question much of Fauci’s guidance during the hellish years when medical tyranny was imposed upon Americans by Democrats and the public health bureaucracy.

During his two-day session before the committee, Dr. Fauci played dumb, saying that he couldn’t recall specifics over 100 times.

“It’s been very cooperative in there. We’ve asked a lot of questions. Dr. Fauci responds in the best way he can. I will say that there may be over 100 or so far ‘I don’t recall’ or ‘I don’t remember’ answers,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) who chairs the committee told reporters on Monday.

“A guy that’s smart enough to think that he can shut down the schools, shut down the economy, force everybody to get vaccinated, including children, including people who have already had COVID, including the military – we had mandates everywhere, and he was all for them – yet he can’t recall how the decision-making went or what the science is to support this,” Paul told Catsimatidis on Sunday.

The senator also jabbed Fauci for claiming that while he signed off on the research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, he didn’t read it.

“It looked like the virus came from the lab. But the lab only was able to function because the US funded it and Anthony Fauci approved of it,” he said. “This is probably the worst decision ever made by a public health official in the history of time.”