DR Anthony Fauci has been accused of “lying to Congress” after resisting a demand to stop a research grant to a Wuhan lab-linked group.
Fauci reportedly first pushed back before relenting on a Trump White House directive to cancel the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance.
Fauci reportedly first pushed back before relenting on a Trump White House directive last year to cancel a six-figure grantCredit: Getty
Fauci told lawmakers at a hearing that he was oblivious as to why the funding to the controversial Wuhan lab was cut offCredit: Reuters
The nonprofit was teaming up with the Wuhan lab to perform research on coronaviruses.
It was only after Fauci learned that former President Donald Trump was issuing the order back in April 2020, that the doctor “reluctantly agreed” to cut the funding.
The news was reported in the new book, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, by Washington Post co-authors Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, and reported by Fox News.
The book’s curtain-raising insights into Fauci’s decision-making while the pandemic was raging suggest he may have fibbed when he claimed the rest of the $600,000 grant to the nonprofit, which involved about $370,000, was “canceled because the NIH was told to cancel it.”
That is at odds with Fauci’s testimony during a House Energy and Commerce hearing when he responded to Texas Democrat Rep Marc Veasey asking about the reasons for the funding being cut off and the doctor said he didn’t “know the reason” behind the White House’s order, according to Fox News.
The possible mistruth has lawmakers demanding a sweeping probe into the Wuhan Institute of Virology and also seeking Fauci’s ouster as head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID).
The funding was to support a nonprofit teaming up to perform research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which some evidence suggests may have been the source of the Covid-19 outbreakCredit: AFP
The discrepancy with Fauci’s testimony and the book excerpt has lawmakers demanding he reappear in Covid-19 hearings and also calling for him to be removedCredit: Getty
“Dr Fauci is so obsessed with maintaining his own relevance and downplaying President Trump’s role in combating this crisis that he’s once again been caught lying,” Georgia Republican Rep Buddy Carter told Fox News.
“We need someone leading the pandemic response and our investigation into its origins who is more concerned with the truth than their own PR campaign. It’s time for Dr Fauci to go.”
Republican Rep Markwayne Mullin, of Oklahoma, cited marked discrepancies between the book excerpts and Fauci’s comments at the hearing “very concerning,” saying it “goes to show just how important it is to have [a] full investigation into the origins of Covid-19.”
“We owe it to the American people to find answers about how the pandemic happened and what Dr Fauci knew and when he knew it,” he said.
The mysterious Wuhan lab had received some funding from both US government and academic institutionsCredit: AFP
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, demanded more accountability and a thorough understanding of the outbreak of the disease that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
He said: “There are many unanswered questions that can only be answered with a full investigation by Congress.”
He also called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat leaders for failing to hold a “single hearing” on the origins of Covid-19, and in a Fox News appearance said: “It’s like they’re covering up for China instead of getting basic answers that we all ought to want to find the truth about.”
The book also depicts Fauci being targeted in the mail with a prank envelope filled with white powder.
Dr. Fauci and his family have received death threats forcing him to increase their security detailCredit: AFP
In a new book Nightmare Scenario, Dr Fauci recounts how he last year he opened a piece of mail loaded with white powder and thought he was a ‘dead duck’ if it was proven to be ricinCredit: Harpers Collins
In the moment where his face was smothered with the potentially poisonous substance – Fauci conjured three possibilities: he was being pranked, the substance was anthrax and while he’d surely get sick he’d likely live, or he was a “dead duck” if it was indeed ricin.
So for the next few hours Fauci and his team of scientists stiripped the doc naked and had him hover in a kiddy pool as they hosed him down and simultaneously tested the powder.
The booby-trapped mailing reportedly forced the doctor’s hand to ramp up protection efforts, but he has since added his own security detail.
“Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it’s amazing,” he said in an interview with CNN last year.
Fauci recently said that ‘people who criticize me about that are actually criticizing science’Credit: Getty
Fauci has been scrutinized for failing to act well ahead of the worst pandemic in modern human history now that more evidence is coming forward lending credibility that the Wuhan Institute of Virology may bear some responsibility.
There was “deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data” in Chinese labs and “Chinese scientists who wished to share their knowledge have not been able to do so or have disappeared,” according to a paper, written by British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr Birger Sørensen.
The research lends credence to no longer the stuff of conspiracy that Covid-19 may have been created in the Wuhan lab and not naturally sourced from bats at a wet market.
Fauci has tried to counterpunch.
In an interview on The Sway podcast with Kara Swisher, he defended against accusations of see-sawing with science and the truth.
“It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves. And that’s the reason why I say people who then criticize me about that are actually criticizing science.”
The 80-year-old top infectious disease expert went on to insist that “that’s the way science works.”
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