Retiring NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci may have played dumb in a recent court deposition concerning his connections to dangerous virus research at a Wuhan China biolab.
But a new Republican controlled Congress is unlikely to let the former top COVID policy czar off the hook that easily.
This past Wednesday, current House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) and House Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced they will launch an investigation in COVID origins.
And Fauci’s actions before and after COVID emerged in the very near vicinity of that Wuhan biolab will be front and center in their investigation.
A press release announcing the investigation named 40 individuals from whom the House Oversight Committee will seek testimony in transcribed interviews.
Among those individuals include:
- Xavier Becerra, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Dr. Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President
- Avril Haines, Director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance
- Kristian Andersen, Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Scripps Research
- Robert Garry, Professor, School of Medicine, Tulane University
- W. Ian Lipkin, Director, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia University
- Michael Farzan, Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Scripps Research
The press release also named Ecohealth Alliance, which worked directly with Wuhan lab researchers on dangerous gain-of-function SARS virus experiments, using funding greenlighted under Fauci’s authority:
“Discovering the origin of COVID-19 is vital to providing accountability and protecting Americans in the future. Mounting evidence points to the virus originating from a leak at the Wuhan lab. EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S. National Institutes of Health grantee, passed taxpayer funds to the Wuhan lab to conduct gain of function research on bat coronaviruses – research that may have started the pandemic. Dr. Fauci was warned early on that the virus appeared man made and pointed to a lab leak and instead of blowing the whistle may have attempted to cover it up,” said Ranking Member Comer. “The American people deserve answers and accountability. We will continue to follow the facts to determine what, if anything, could have been done differently to guard against the harms Americans have endured during the pandemic. We will continue this oversight to hold U.S. government officials accountable for any wrongdoing and ensure Americans’ tax dollars aren’t being used on risky research at unsecure labs.”
In recent testimony in the court case Missouri vs. Biden, Fauci claimed he had practically no knowledge of EcoHealth Alliance, or what the firm was doing.
But the controversial gain-of-function virus research funded under Fauci’s authority as Director of NIAID, explicitly required greenlighting at only the highest levels of government authority, as Fauci acknowledged in the Missouri vs Biden deposition.
That case was brought by attorney generals of several states, and other plaintiffs, alleging improper attempts by government officials including Fauci to suppress political and free speech rights of Americans, in conjunction with tech corporations, during the COVID War.
Fauci also claimed in his deposition that after more than two years since the COVID virus emerged, he still had not sought to learn who exactly under his authority approved grants to EcoHealth for the controversial research.
And he disavowed knowing EcoHealth Alliance head Peter Daszak, despite being seen in photos with him, and documentation of email exchanges with Daszak.
But as The Trends Journal has previously reported, in 2020, Fauci assigned Daszak to a commission charged with determining whether the Wuhan lab was a possible source of the COVID-19 virus. Daszak eventually was recused, after his Ecohealth connections were publicized. (See “NATURE MAGAZINE CONTRADICTS FAUCI SENATE TESTIMONY,” 27 Jul 2021.)
Since early 2021, The Trends Journal has extensively covered the connections of Fauci to dangerous virus research in Wuhan, and his deceptive statements and corrupt actions to downplay the nature of the research, his funding connections to it, and suppress the “lab leak” theory.
Part of his suppression efforts involved interfering in and trying to influence an investigation into the possible lab origin of COVID in 2020.
And part of his efforts involved trying to control the origin narrative and other aspects of COVID messaging by interfacing with tech companies to censor and suppress information and opinions of Americans on social media.
For example, in July 2021 The Trends Journal noted:
The Nature article also referenced Peter Daszak, whose organization EcoHealth Alliance acted as a funding conduit between Fauci’s NIAID and the Wuhan lab. In 2020 Fauci assigned Daszak to a commission charged with determining whether the Wuhan lab was a possible source of the COVID-19 virus. Daszak eventually was recused, after his Ecohealth connections were publicized.
By that point however, the commission had already released an influential conclusion that the virus was likely natural in origin, and had no connection to the Wuhan lab. Those findings were used throughout 2020 to suppress any journalistic communications or digging into counter facts as “conspiracy theories.”
In November 2021 (see “HOW THE CCP WENT VIRAL ON THE WINGS OF COVID”) we reported concerning Fauci’s efforts to discount the lab leak theory:
How compromising are Fauci’s relations with the Chinese? A story just out from The National Pulse details yet another sorry angle. Fauci supported and relied on a Columbia University researcher with deep ties and biases to the Chinese regime, in making an early determination that COVID-19 didn’t originate from the Wuhan lab.
Dr. Walter Lipkin received multiple awards, including being honored by Xi Jinping, for his work in conjunction with China. Emails show Fauci congratulated his colleague on the achievement.
In 2020, when COVID broke, Lipkin became a sought after talking head in the news, defending China against Trump administration officials who were questioning the role of the Wuhan lab in the virus outbreak.
According to the [National] Pulse:
Lipkin was quoted by outlets including CBS and USA Today as a means by which to ‘debunk’ Dr. Redfield’s explosive claim linking the virus to a Chinese lab.
“We should be moving away from finger-pointing,” Lipkin told CBS after adding there is “no evidence to suggest that it was created in a lab.”
Lipkin and a small group of scientists produced a paper in the spring of 2020 that dismissed the idea that COVID might have originated from the Wuhan lab.
A few months later Lipkin thanked Fauci for backing that dismissal.
In February of 2022, (See “CORONAVIRUS: MADE-IN-CHINA. WHO KNOWS WHAT?”) we pointed out:
Kristian Andersen, a virologist at California’s Scripps Research Institute, emailed Dr. Anthony Fauci at the beginning of the virus and told him that the virus looked to be engineered.
Then there was a follow-up meeting and—mysteriously—the scientists involved spoke out publicly to call the lab-created idea a “crackpot” theory.
Our story also informed readers:
Fauci organized a call with dozens of these virologists, and, according to notes from the meeting obtained by Fox News, revealed that suspicions of the lab leak theory were suppressed over concerns of how the public would react to news of possible Chinese government involvement.
Dr. Francis Collins, the now-retired former director of the National Institutes of Health, also expressed fear at the time that “science and international harmony” could be harmed and “accusations of China’s involvement could distract top researchers,” the New York Post reported.
For more, see our recent article “FAUCI IN DEPOSITION: “I DON’T REALLY RECALL” APPROVING EXCEPTION THAT ALLOWED ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE TO CONDUCT DANGEROUS VIRUS EXPERIMENTS” (6 Dec 2022.)
Also check out:
- “BIDEN ORDERS DEFINITIVE REPORT ON VIRUS ORIGIN” (1 Jun 2021)
- “NEW REPORT: GENOME OF COVID-19 SUSPECT” (8 Jun 2021)
- “WHO HELPED CHINA COVER-UP WUHAN LAB COVID CONNECTION” (17 Aug 2021)