FACT CHECK: Did Ted Cruz Tell Merrick Garland That Dr. Fauci Should Be ‘Locked Up’?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purports Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Anthony Fauci should be “locked up.”

Verdict: False

The video’s caption is inaccurate. The video is from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Oct. 2022.

Fact Check:

House Republicans are planning multiple investigations and potential impeachment attempts against Democratic President Joe Biden, according to NBC News. Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul vowed an investigation into Fauci during his victory speech Nov. 8, WKYU reported.

The Facebook video purports Cruz said Fauci should go to jail during a senate hearing. The thumbnail shows Attorney General Merrick Garland with no attribution to where or when the hearing took place.

“’FAUCI HAS COMMITTED PERJURY, LOCK HIM UP!'” the caption reads. “Ted Cruz EXPLODES on Biden’s Attorney General.”

The caption is inaccurate. There are no credible news reports that suggest this exchange occurred. The exchange has not appeared on Cruz’s verified social media accounts or press releases. 

The 18 minute clip is from an Oct. 2021 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, in which Cruz questioned Garland on his approach to parent’s abjection to curriculum in schools. Among other issues, Cruz questions the Department of Justice’s decision to take action against parents who speak out against Critical Race Theory and certain literature in the curriculum.

Cruz has strongly criticized Fauci in the past saying on Fox News that “Dr. Fauci, I think, is the most dangerous bureaucrat in the history of the country.”

Check Your Fact contacted Cruz’s office for comment and will update this piece if a response is provided. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Ted Cruz Saying He Has Documents That Would Implicate Adam Schiff?)

This is not the first time content featuring a false caption and an unrelated video have circulated online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim a county sheriff’s office discovered election fraud in Arizona.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter