Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, refused to answer questions about his organization’s funding of coronavirus research in China and his dismissal of the lab leak theory.
Despite U.S. government assessments suggesting a lab leak, Daszak avoided questions and has been associated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
His organization received U.S. taxpayer-funded grants and collaborated with the institute, raising concerns about a potential conflict of interest. (Trending: Eight Republicans Who Shamefully Sided With Democrats Over Impeachment)
Despite dismissing the lab leak theory, subsequent investigations from U.S. government agencies suggested the virus likely emerged from a laboratory in China.
DCNF reporter @arjunswritings questions scientist Peter Daszak, who funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology and investigated COVID-19 for the WHO, at the U.S. Capitol over his denial that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab pic.twitter.com/lYECWmxBWx
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Former White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the subject of a “criminal referral” sent by Congressman Rand Paul to the U.S. Department of Justice. Senator Paul says there has never been “a clearer case of perjury in the history of government testimony” after Fauci allegedly lied under oath.
At a Senate hearing, Dr. Fauci said, “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.’ That was under oath, under testimony. On October 20th, the NIH principal deputy director in writing directly contradicted it.”
Often referred to as Fauci’s “biggest lie,” Americans were told that our taxpayer dollars were not being sent to China to fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. During an important moment for the country, critics say Fauci was more concerned about protecting himself than telling the truth to Americans.
Rand Paul tears into Fauci:
"I don't think there has ever been a clearer case of perjury in the history of government testimony, and I don’t say that lightly. He said adamantly that the government never funded this gain of function research." pic.twitter.com/2qa8obWZyM
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In doing so, Fauci sunk to a level of dishonor and disgrace that few people saw coming. As the nation’s top medical advisor, Fauci had a duty to be truthful and forthcoming to Americans. On the other hand, as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), it would look very bad if his agency was part of the problem. Fauci apparently found the latter to be unlivable and he opted instead to lie to America and save himself.
Fauci continues to claim that he “never lied before Congress.”
Senator Paul said, “I don’t think there’s ever been a clearer case of perjury in the history of government testimony, and I don’t say that lightly. He said adamantly that the government never funded this gain-of-function research. We now have the Government Accountability Office, the GAO, has admitted that the funding came from the NIH,” he continued. “We have the acting director [Lawrence] Tabak, of the NIH, admitting it in writing that it came from the NIH. But now we have, really, the smoking gun, and that is Fauci in private saying the opposite of what he was saying in public when he was publicly telling me that absolutely, we do not fund gain-of-function research in China,” Paul added.
“He says privately we are suspicious that the virus has been manipulated and we are suspicious because we know they are doing gain-of-function research,” the senator said. “He then goes on to describe the research, and it’s exactly the research that the NIH funded. So he’s caught dead to rights here, but we have an incredibly partisan Attorney General [Merrick] Garland, who is refusing to act, so I’ve taken the extraordinary step of actually going to the local U.S. attorney in D.C. to see if he will act.”
“The problem is there are partisans littered throughout the legal system, and people are seeing this. You don’t get prosecuted if you’re a Democrat under this administration, no matter what you do,” Paul concluded.