Republican Sen. Ron Johnson just tore into Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, questioning why Fauci was using tax-payer dollars to fund research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Anthony Fauci continued to apparently fund gain-of-function research and cooperate with the Wuhan lab,” Johnson told “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“He had to know full well that the Wuhan lab, just like any organization in China, is connected to the Communist Party of China as well as the People’s Liberation Army. So what were we doing cooperating with China?” Johnson questioned.
“I agree with Sen. [Rand] Paul, these are some serious questions, and we need some answers but, again, I’ve been trying to get answers out of federal agencies for years and I’m not holding my breath,” he continued.
The funding made its way to countries including China through U.S.-based EcoHealth Alliance, a group that claims its purpose is to prevent pandemics.
Left wing fact-checker PolitiFact has attempted to bury the fact that NIAID funding was tied to experiments that may have led to the coronavirus pandemic by labeling them “false,” adding that NIH and EcoHealth Alliance denied any funds went to gain-of-function research.
Calls for more information come after the White House said it believes that China has “not been transparent” in releasing its findings on the origins of COVID-19, as part of a report it wrote in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
The report dismissed claims that COVID-19 had escaped from a lab in Wuhan and instead called the theory of zoonotic transmission, or transfer of infection from animals to humans, “likely to very likely.”
Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher has pressed Fauci for more information on the cause of the pandemic. “Dr. Fauci was just on ‘Meet the Press’ and Chuck Todd didn’t ask him a single question about the origin of COVID-19 and whether taxpayer dollars went to gain of function research in Wuhan. This is the most important question facing the world, yet few in the media are asking it,” Gallagher wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Congressional Republicans are leading “comprehensive” investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possibility of an “accidental” leak from a Wuhan lab.
The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week requesting documents to “assist” in their investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
“As leaders on the Congressional Committee with jurisdiction over public health, we strongly support a comprehensive investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possibility of an accidental laboratory leak,” McMorris, joined by Reps. Brett Guthrie and H. Morgan Griffith wrote.
The Republicans requested Blinken release “unclassified documents and declassify other documents for public release, as appropriate, related to the assertion in the Department’s January 15, 2021 Fact Sheet that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China, collaborated with the Chinese military in conducting classified research, including laboratory animal experiments.”
The fact sheet, released during the Trump administration, claimed that the WIV collaborated on “secret projects” with China’s military, and claims that “despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects within China’s military” since “at least 2017.”
Seeking further answers, Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Mike Braun introduced a bill that would force the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to COVID-19 origins.
“For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been branded as a conspiracy theorist,” Hawley said in a statement last month. “The world needs to know if this pandemic was the product of negligence at the Wuhan lab but the CCP has done everything it can to block a credible investigation.”
He added that the “Biden administration must declassify what it knows about the Wuhan lab and Beijing’s attempts to cover up the origin of the pandemic.”
Author: Ben Adivon