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Republicans will launch an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci if they win back control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, says Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul said he plans to subpoena Fauci’s records if Republicans retake the Senate and he becomes chairman of a committee.
“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of [Fauci’s] records,” Paul said. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan made similar comments, saying Republicans will “uncover” what Fauci knew about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, an ally to Jordan, released Fauci’s financial records. The records appear to show that Fauci and his wife have a combined net worth of around $10 million.
Records also showed that Fauci and his wife were paid tens of thousands of dollars to attend four galas and ceremonies — three of them virtual — during the pandemic.
Jordan argued that these revelations and recently released emails prove there’s a “need to investigate Fauci.”
“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, that 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. The 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.”
Republican lawmakers once again took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci in a letter sent to the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser on Thursday.
Reps. Steve Scalise R-La., James Comer, R-Ky., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ripped the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a position he announced he will vacate by the end of the year, over a grant provided to controversial COVID-19 scientist Peter Daszak.
According to the New York Post, the grant amount was $3.3 million and was being administered by Fauci’s agency.
“On September 21, 2022, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID], which you currently lead, awarded EcoHealth Alliance a new grant to study bat coronaviruses in Asia,” the three Republicans wrote in their letter, according to Newsmax.
“You awarded this new grant to EcoHealth despite NIAID’s parent agency, the National Institutes of Health [NIH], finding that EcoHealth had failed to comply with the terms of previous coronavirus grants and even canceling a subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV] for potentially dangerous research that may have contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic,” they added.
🚨🚨 Fauci is giving EcoHealth more taxpayer money even after they violated their last contract by conducting risky research at the Wuhan lab.
Outrageous.@Jim_Jordan, @RepJamesComer, and I are demanding answers. Accountability is coming. pic.twitter.com/5KfxwE9zUU
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 13, 2022
“Your decision to fund EcoHealth is especially galling because the company continued to stonewall information gathering about the grant-funded work it previously financed at the WIV. NIH has requested all U.S. taxpayer-funded laboratory notebooks and experiment results from EcoHealth’s research conducted at the WIV. As of today, however, EcoHealth has yet to supply the records sought by NIH,” the lawmakers continued.
“It’s outrageous that the result of U.S. taxpayer-funded experiments are unavailable to the U.S. government,” the letter continued, as the lawmakers demanded that he turn over various documents and then make time on his schedule to provide them with a briefing.
Earlier, Fauci announced that he would depart his roles as the director of the NIAID and as chief medical officer to President Joe Biden at the end of this year.
He said: “I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will leave these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.”