Congressional Republicans released emails today that reveal that Drs. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins received numerous warnings as early as February 2020 from doctors and scientists suggesting that COVID might be leaked from a lab in Wuhan and that the virus could have been genetically engineered.
We’ve released never before seen emails showing Dr. Fauci may have concealed information about #COVID19 originating from the Wuhan lab & intentionally downplayed the lab leak theory. @RepJamesComer & @Jim_Jordan want Fauci under oath. Time for answers. 1/2👇 pic.twitter.com/p8aIBJ3nom
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) January 11, 2022
In a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding an on-the-record interview with Fauci, Reps. James Comer, R-Ky., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., accused both the NIH and the HHS of continuing “to hide, obfuscate, and shield the truth” regarding the origins of COVID-19.
The letter contains notes from a February 2020 conference call that were sent to both Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins.
One participant claimed that he couldn’t “think of a plausible natural scenario where you get from the bat virus or one very similar to it to nCoV . . . I just can’t figure out how this gets accomplished in nature.”
Another argued the likeliest explanation for COVID was the accidental creation in a lab of “a virus that would be primed for rapid transmission between humans via gain of furin site (from tissue culture).”
The emails also reveal attempts by Dutch virologist Dr. Ron Fouchier, among others, to pour cold water on the theories.
“Further debate about such accusations would unnecessarily distract top researchers from their active duties and do unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular,” Fouchier wrote.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins have decried the theory that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a conspiracy theory,” pointed out Substack author Techno Fog.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, confronted Fauci directly during a Congressional hearing Tuesday, accusing him of attempting to censor opposing scientists and castigating the NIAID director as “the lead architect responsible from the government, and now 800,000 people have died.”
.@RandPaul just ENDED Fauci on LIVE TV
Fauci has no idea what to do with himself other than tremble in fear and whine about Rand Paul’s “Fire Fauci” campaign
This is the GREATEST thing you’ll WATCH today. LOL! pic.twitter.com/zhWHmrKAwb
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 11, 2022
“A planner who believes he is ‘the science’ . . . justifies in his mind using government resources to smear and destroy the reputation of other scientists who disagree with him,” Paul told Fauci.
In response, Fauci accused Paul of “distorting everything about me” and complained that he has received “threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls, because people are lying about me.”
After months of battles between the two men, Fauci came to this hearing with printouts of Rand Paul’s website, showing that the GOP senator is fundraising off “Fire Dr. Fauci.”
FAUCI: “You are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain.” pic.twitter.com/Lg1cWbZBtx
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 11, 2022
Fauci’s meltdown came on the same day that Project Veritas released a trove of military documents that could indicate not only that Fauci lied to Congress under oath, but also that Ivermectin was identified as a curative in early 2020.