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NIH Letter To Congressman Shows Fauci LIED About Gain-Of-Function Funding At Wuhan Lab

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Fauci lied to Congress. Will he ever be held accountable?

Let’s be real — probably not. Fauci is of the wrong political persuasion to be held accountable for infractions actually committed.

A bombshell letter from the National Institute of Health to Congressman James Comer (R-KY) dated October 20, 2021, confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci lied to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in his testimony during a fiery May 11, 2021 hearing.

In his May testimony, Fauci said, “Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Let’s refresh our memories on that May hearing where Fauci gets really riled up:

But that wasn’t the only time that Sen. Paul and Saint Fauci, Peace Be Upon Him, clashed. A few months after that declarative May statement, Fauci doubles down on insisting that the NIH didn’t fund gain-of-function research.

ClashDaily covered the clash between Sen. Paul and Fauci here:

Also in May, Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) asked Fauci if it was possible that grant recipients could lie about what they were using the funding for.

Even with the out, Fauci said that he trusts the Chinese scientists. He later concedes that it’s possible that a grantee could have lied and conducted gain-of-function research.

Fauci has repeated this line that the NIH “has not ever” funded gain-of-function research over and over again.

Scott Hounsell of RedState listed Fauci’s exact quotes just from the May 11 hearing:

  • “Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
  • “If you look at the grant and you look at the progress reports, it is not gain-of-function….”
  • “[T]he NIH and NIAID categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
  • “We do not send money now to the Wuhan Virology Institute.”
  • “[W]e have not funded gain-of-function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
  • “I don’t favor gain-of-function research in China.”
  • “Dr. Baric does not do gain-of-function research, and if it is, it’s according to the guidelines and it is being conducted in North Carolina, not in China.”
  • “I don’t know how many times I can say it, Madam Chair, we did not fund gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, had been critical of Fauci’s testimony regarding gain-of-function research back in May and posted the letter from the NIH to Rep. Comer.

Dr. Ebright tweeted, “NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan. NIH states that EcoHealth Alliance violated Terms and Conditions of NIH grant AI110964.” He then attached the NIH letter.

In a second tweet, Dr. Ebright writes, “The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021. The NIH — specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak — lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.”

The letter states clearly that EcoHealth Alliance violated the terms of the grant and failed to report that “humanized mice” got sick after fiddling around with bat coronaviruses to see if the spike protein would bind to an ACE-2 receptor.

Which is strange… how can that be an “unexpected result” if that is what the scientists were trying to do?

****UPDATE: Oct. 23.21****
Dr. Ebright further explained the situation in another Twitter thread that it was a vast increase in viral load that EcoHealth Alliance didn’t report which violated the terms of the grant.

ClashDaily reported on the Wuhan Lab supercharging coronaviruses from bats in September.

DEAR CNN: Wuhan Lab Created Coronavirus ‘10,000 Times Stronger Than Usual’ — Is THAT News?

Why did the NIH hide this reported fact until now?

It also says that even though the Wuhan lab was conducting research into spike proteins and ACE2 receptors on said “humanized mice” — which is precisely how the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters into human cells easily — and that one of the viruses that they were working with, RaTG13, overlaps with SARS-CoV-2 96%-97% it’s definitely not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter says that the viruses are genetically different, and explains that the difference should be thought of in the same way that the human genome is 96% similar to the chimpanzee genome. There’s overlap, but humans and chimpanzees are distinct.

After all the lies…

One particular Senator was not amused by this admission from the NIH.

Other Republicans in Congress had some trouble with it, too.

EcoHealth Alliance now has 5 days to submit all “unpublished data from the experiments” and any other work that was done under the NIH grant.

Anyone paying any attention at all knew that Fauci’s statements were a heaping pile of B.S. from the get-go.

Fauci has been rather cagey and uses lawyerese when describing gain-of-function research, EcoHealth Alliance, and Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth who connects the NIH and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Researcher Who Funneled U.S. Funding To Wuhan Lab Thanked Dr. Fauci For Dismissing Lab Leak Theory

We know that the NIH handed over $3.1 million in grant funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for research into… bat coronaviruses.

We also know that China is doing some sketchy research…

…and it seems that Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance knew that.

C-SPAN has a 2016 video of Daszak discussing his “colleagues in China” manipulating viruses.

This is the very same Peter Daszak was part of the original WHO investigation team that was hand-picked by the Chinese Communist Party.

Here is Daszak talking to CNN about how the team is “keeping an open mind about every possibility” regarding the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“Incredibly well built, well-designed, and well-managed lab,” says Daszak.

That’s not what the independent internet sleuths DRASTIC said. They found crumbling sewers, no PPE, and filthy animal cages.

This isn’t a surprise. Back when the lab was being built with the assistance of France, China cut corners on safety to get the lab built much to the outrage of the French who saw the P-4 biosecurity lab as an international research center. By 2015, China began cutting collaboration with France and they realized that they were naive about international cooperation with the CCP and warned the U.S. State Department that the Chinese government could be up to no good at the Wuhan lab. France was officially booted out of the lab in 2017.

Back in 2017, a State Department memo warns that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could be used by China to create a “biological arsenal.”

One thing that could be a challenge to holding Fauci accountable for his lies — and explains the clearly rehearsed language when discussing gain-of-function research — is something that came out in the fascinating Joe Rogan episode with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. While discussing gain-of-function research, Gupta said that the definition that the NIH uses excludes new viruses and only includes the known ones.

Is Gupta right about that? Maybe. But it’s unlikely that the Prevaricating Authoritarian Smurf is going to face any sort of repercussions for his lies.

Emerald Robinson, the White House Correspondent for Newsmax summed up the situation perfectly by comparing the way that Fauci is handled and the way that Roger Stone was treated.

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