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(FreedomWire.org) – Microbiologist Dr. Richard Ebright testified before the U.S. Senate Wednesday that top public health officials lied about dangerous gain-of-function (GoF) research experiments conducted in China.

Ebright testified that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other U.S. federal agencies funded research that fit the definition of GoF at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) without proper oversight. His claim directly contradicts those made by numerous public health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Ebright testified that research funded by federal agencies at the WIV in the 2010s violated an NIH pause on GoF research funding between 2014 and 2017. After the pause was lifted in 2017, Ebright claimed that GoF projects which continued did not properly go through the agency’s regulatory process for oversight.

“Gain-of-function research of concern involves the creation of new health threats–health threats that did not exist previously and that might not have come to exist by natural means for tens, hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of years,” Ebright said.

“The statements made on repeated occasions to the public, to the press and to policymakers by the NIAID director, Dr. Fauci, have been untruthful. I do not understand why those statements are being made because they are demonstrably false,” Ebright explained Wednesday.

Ebright’s assertion that the NIH-funded research is GoF work directly contradicts previous testimony by Fauci before the U.S. Senate.

(FreedomWire.org) – Republicans have made clear “one way or another” Fauci will answer for his decisions.

Despite gaining seats in the Senate during the 2018 election, Republicans lost control of the House that midterm cycle and so, when the pandemic swept the nation in early 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) maintained a stranglehold on the legislative response and oversight. Now, as the GOP sets its sights on bicameral victories, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is recommitting to his promise to hold Fauci accountable.

Should the Republicans at least gain the majority in the Senate, Paul will replace retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, pointing him in line to become chair.

With that position, Paul declared, “One way or another, if we are in the majority, we will subpoena his records and he will testify in the Senate under oath,” according to The Hill.

The Kentucky lawmaker has remained consistent on this position and said much the same in February during an interview, “If we win November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of Fauci’s records. We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”

“You know, I think the dirty little secret is it’s always been more about submission,” he asserted. “It’s always been more about collectivism. It’s been about growing government power over your lives because the science has been clear for a long time on masks for children. Sweden didn’t have their school kids wear masks at all. Not one child died.”

Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association has stood in favor of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the pandemic and our response, but cautioned about the approach.

“If you want to have a hearing, you need it to be a credible one,” Benjamin said. “And that has to have a purpose. Other than going out to an 81-year-old man.”

“It should be designed to actually get to the right answers. Until they do that, you know, they’re going to continue to politicize it,” he added.

Fauci, who recently flip-flopped on the potential origin of the virus and acknowledged it may have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, made sure to frame any future subpoenas issued to him as political in nature when he announced he would be stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases by the end of President Joe Biden’s term.

“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job. I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision,” he claimed before going on to add, “I don’t think they can say anything about the science. If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest. My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices … what are you going to investigate about that?”

However, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has also vowed to have an investigation when Republicans regain the majority, has made clear what facts would be looked into, and it has everything to do with what Fauci knew and when he knew it.

“If the American people put us back in charge, we are definitely going to do this because we now know without a doubt that Dr. Fauci knew on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 that this thing came from a lab,” Jordan claimed during a January interview. “The top scientists in the country were saying it came from a lab. One scientist says–we got the notes now from the conference call on February 1–one scientist says, ‘I don’t see how this can happen in nature, but it would be easy to do in a lab.”

“And yet, just in a matter of days,” he went on, “they changed their position, write the article that appears in Nature of Medicine Magazine, which then gets cited in the now famous letter in The Lancet, which became the gospel for the fact that Fauci can go out and tell people it didn’t come from a lab when in fact they knew it did.”

Be that as it may, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health health communication scholar Rupali Limaye cautioned against a partisan investigation, “I do think that public officials should be held responsible, you should be able to question and think critically about the recommendations that they have made, but it’s also a slippery slope.”

“Going down this slippery slope of continuing to have investigation after investigation after investigation is not in the best interest of anyone,” she added and, while that may be true of sham investigations like that of the Jan. 6 committee, assuring that the government never again usurps the rights of Americans with devastating ramifications for the nation is, in fact, in the best interest of many.

(FreedomWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci was told by Hugh Hewitt, a radio host, that a significant number of Americans have lost confidence in him and perhaps it’s time to step down. Fauci was quick to disagree with Hewitt.

“No. Absolutely unequivocally no, Hugh. Sorry,” replied the now-81-year-old chief medical adviser to the president.

Hewitt isn’t the only person who’s told him to his face it’s time to go. Sen. Rand Paul has demanded that he should resign during heated testimony, but was not able to persuade him. 

However, Fauci just revealed the one event that will force him to retire.

Fauci responded to CNN’s Jim Acosta a plain “no” when asked if he would work with the 45th president again.

“If Trump were to return to the White House as President, and COVID was still a threat or there was some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature? Would you want to stay on at your post?” Acosta asked.

“Uh, well, no,” he responded, laughing. 

“If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you can say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “History will speak for itself about that.”

It was Fauci who recommended, “15 days to stop the spread.”  Trump backed the recommendation. Numerous studies showed the lockdowns in Europe and the U.S. had virtually zero benefit.

(FreedomWire.org) – Several Republican lawmakers indicated that if the GOP regains a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections, they plan to open investigations into Dr. Anthony Fauci.

During an interview on Fox News, Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said Republicans will “uncover” what Fauci knew about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the American people put us back in charge, we are definitely going to do this,” Jordan said, adding that his colleagues would push for a congressional investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

“Because we now know without a doubt that Dr. Fauci knew on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 that this thing came from a lab,” Jordan argued. “The top scientists in the country were saying it came from a lab. One scientist says we got the notes now from the conference call on February 1st. One scientist says, ‘I don’t see how this can happen in nature, but it would be easy to do in a lab.’”

“And yet just in a matter of days, they changed their position, write the article that appears in Nature of Medicine Magazine, which then gets cited in the now-famous letter The Lancet, which became the gospel for the fact that Fauci can go out and tell people it didn’t come from a lab when in fact they knew it did,” Jordan continued.

“The interesting thing is. We point this out. We just learned this last week, the two doctors who were most adamant that this thing came from a lab early on: one is Dr. Kristian Anderson. On Jan. 31, 2020, he says this to Dr. Fauci in an email: ‘Virus looks engineered. Virus not consistent with evolutionary theory.’ So, he knew it came from a lab,” he added.

“They changed their position,” Jordan argued. “And a few months later, guess what? They get an $8.9 million, both him and Dr. [Robert] Garry – the guy who said it couldn’t happen naturally.”

“When are we going to have accountability for Anthony Fauci? Look, he’s missing right now for one reason, and one reason only: The Democrats are looking at the polls. It wasn’t dead Americans that made Democrats move. It wasn’t dead Americans that made Fauci go away. It was polls. And I want to hold Anthony Fauci accountable,” Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy said.

“And if you’re watching this, Dr. Fauci, look out because when the Americans give us control in the House of Representatives, God willing, we’re going to get some answers on behalf of the American people,” he added.

Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul vowed to investigate Fauci if Republicans win back the Senate in the midterms.

“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of his records,” Paul said. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”

Paul introduced an amendment this week that would eliminate Fauci’s position as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Advertisement

The goal, Paul said, is to decentralize the position so that no one person can act as “dictator-in-chief” in the name of public health.

Paul’s amendment would reorganize NIAID by breaking it down into three separate national research institutes, all with their own director, including the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases.

“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson, in particular, is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,’” Paul said in a statement announcing the amendment. “No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”

(FreedomWire.org) – The National Institutes of Health has repeatedly failed to comply with congressional requests for documents related to its involvement with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, instead forcing agency personnel to “shred notes and other documents” referencing the Chinese Communist Party-run lab and its work with the U.S. government during the Obama administration.

Members of the Republican House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Xavier Becerra urging the release of the documents, which could prove highly relevant to the origins of COVID-19.

“Rather than be transparent with Committee Republicans, HHS and NIH have chosen to hide, obfuscate, and shield the truth,” argues the letter.

The letter reveals that an NIH advisor was “forced by NIH to shred notes and other documents pertaining to the WIV grants as early as 2014.” An email from an individual, whose name has been redacted, to a committee staff member on November 5th, 2021 revealed the following:

“I signed a confidentiality agreement in which I agreed not to discuss any grant with anyone except with other members of the study section, and – once the meeting was over – that I would destroy any notes that I had taken during the meeting (we did this by tossing them in shred box in the meeting room)).”

The letter outlines how, “to date, HHS and NIH have refused to produce any responsive documents or information.” The congressional committee requested documents from former NIH Director Francis Collins surrounding a 2014, Obama-era grant awarded from Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to EcoHealth Alliance and the WIV in May and July of 2021.

Despite Republican committee staff repeatedly amending their requests, making them broader in scope and easier for the federal agency to fulfill, both federal agencies have refused to turn over any documents.

“Since our July 15, 2021, request invoking §2954, Republican Committee staff have provided the following accommodations to HHS and NIH: time extensions, reducing the scope of the request, prioritizing certain documents, and engaging in in camera review of certain documents. Throughout this time, Republican Committee staff made clear to HHS staff that Committee Republicans may, at a later date, request full, unredacted copies of the documents reviewed in camera and all other documents responsive to the Requests,” explains the letter.