Former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci will testify before Congress early next year as part of the GOP’s investigation into the COVID-19 origins and U.S. response.
Associated Press reports Fauci will sit for transcribed interviews in early January and a public hearing for a later date.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 30, 2023
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic first requested a sit-down with Fauci in February, but an agreement over the timing and details of the interviews was just reached with Fauci’s attorneys earlier this month, according to a letter sent Thursday from the committee.
“It is time for Dr. Fauci to confront the facts and address the numerous controversies that have arisen during and after the pandemic,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup, the GOP chairman of the committee, said in a statement.
House Republicans have investigated whether Fauci or other U.S. government officials took part in any sort of cover-up about the origin of the deadly virus. Fauci, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, has repeatedly called the GOP criticism nonsense.Advertisement
Wenstrup, who is also a longtime member of the House Intelligence Committee, has accused Fauci and U.S. intelligence of withholding key facts about its investigation into the coronavirus. Republicans on the committee last year issued a staff report arguing that there are “indications” that the virus may have been developed as a bioweapon inside China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci will appear before the 118th Congress for the FIRST TIME for a two-day transcribed interview on January 8, 2024 and January 9, 2024,” the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic wrote.
“He has also agreed to testify in front of [the] Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic at a public hearing next year,” it added.
Dr. Anthony Fauci will appear before the 118th Congress for the FIRST TIME for a two-day transcribed interview on January 8, 2024 and January 9, 2024.
— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) November 30, 2023
“Americans deserve trusted public health leaders who prioritize the well-being of our people over any personal or political goals,” Wenstrup added, according to the New York Post.
“Thankfully, retirement from public service does not shield one from Congressional oversight nor accountability to the American people. During Dr. Fauci’s upcoming testimonies, honesty is non-negotiable,” he added.
From the New York Post:
The House COVID subcommittee released emails earlier this year showing that Fauci had “prompted,” helped to edit and gave final approval to a research paper meant to “disprove” the so-called “lab leak” theory of the origin of SARS-CoV-2.
The Feb. 17, 2020, study, published in Nature Medicine, was later used by Fauci to dismiss concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic may have originated in a Chinese research lab like the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Other records obtained by the subcommittee show an adviser to Fauci may have illegally used a private email account to dodge Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests about COVID — and also deleted some communications.
Fauci also was secretly welcomed into CIA headquarters to discuss the agency’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic in an attempt to “influence” its outcome, according to whistleblower testimony heard by the House panel.
The FBI and Energy Department concluded that COVID most likely leaked out of a research lab, while the CIA and other intelligence agencies “remain unable to determine the precise origin” of the pandemic, a June report found.
Former Trump administration official Dr. Robert Kadlec, who handled biodefense and epidemic response issues during the pandemic, recently told Sky News that he believes Fauci’s repeated attempts to divert attention from the so-called “lab leak theory” were intentional.
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Hannity and made the case for why former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci should serve prison time,” 100 Percent Fed Up reported earlier this year.
From 100 Percent Fed Up:
Paul discussed Fauci’s complicity in funding the gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and his lies to shield the truth from the American public.
“We now have proof in Anthony Fauci’s own words. We have his emails. So in public he’s saying ‘oh if you say it came from the lab you’re a conspiracy theorist, you’re crazy, it’s a fringe theory,’ but in private in almost exact words he’s saying ‘we’re very concerned because it appears to be manipulated and we’re also very concerned because we know they’re doing gain-of-function research in Wuhan,’” Paul explained.
The Kentucky Republican acknowledged Fauci told him unequivocally they were not doing gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
Yet, Fauci admitted in private that’s exactly what they did.Advertisement
“I’ve referred him to Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice. People say ‘why hasn’t he been arrested? Why isn’t he in jail?’ Well, it’s because we have the most partisan attorney general we may have ever had and he’s not doing his job. He’s simply protecting him,” Paul said.
Paul elaborated on the tremendous lengths Fauci and his cronies went to hide their actions from going public.
He also mentioned Fauci’s alleged covert meeting with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“You have laid out what is now a mountain of evidence and you put it all together. Did Anthony Fauci lie to Congress and is that not illegal, and don’t people go to jail for lying to Congress like that sir?” Hannity asked Paul.
“Without question it’s a felony punishable for up to five years in prison,” Paul answered.
“Do you believe that Anthony Fauci belongs in jail?” Hannity asked.
“Without question. I think the book will go a long way convincing the rest of America that this man was a traitor to his country,” Paul responded.
Kentucky Sen. @RandPaul makes the case for why Dr. Fauci deserves prison time: 🔥👇
Hannity: "Do you believe that Anthony Fauci belongs in jail?"
Paul: "Without question … this man was a traiter to his country." pic.twitter.com/4VBPXfUUqB
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 6, 2023