AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
Following the selection of California Republican Kevin McCarthy as Speaker late last week, the House of Representatives on Monday officially commissioned a special investigative panel focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal response to it. One top target of that investigation is expected to be former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi tirelessly shielded from congressional inquiries for the past two years.
The panel will fall under the umbrella of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, now chaired by Republican James Comer of Kentucky. “There’s a lot of confusion out there, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there, and I believe every American regardless of their political ideology would like to know the truth,” Comer said of the forthcoming investigation.
The most significant questions the House GOP is expected to press Fauci on are in regard the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Early on in the pandemic, Fauci repeatedly dismissed the so-called “lab leak theory,” or the hypothesis that the virus, rather than originating naturally as the Chinese government and World Health Organization initially asserted, actually escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But according to recently released emails, Fauci actually received confirmation from other scientists early on in the pandemic that the lab leak theory was not only possible, but likely. One email to Fauci in January 2020 from another top scientist stated that COVID had “unusual features,” and appeared as though it could have been “potentially… engineered.” Another email in March 2020 indicated that China had been lying about its COVID-related deaths and “misled the world into a false sense of security.”
In an op-ed last August, Rep. Comer further stated that, despite knowing about the possibility of a lab leak origin, Fauci never “relayed [that information] to President Donald Trump, the COVID-19 task force, or any other federal agency.” But despite that apparent shocking dereliction of duty, Pelosi and House Democrats continued to shield Fauci and his compatriots at the NIH from any accountability.
Fauci also repeatedly dismissed the lab leak hypothesis as a “conspiracy theory,” a line which the mainstream media dutifully picked up and wielded as a political weapon against any conservative – most notably Donald Trump – who demanded transparency from China. By October 2021, however, even the World Health Organization had finally admitted that the lab leak theory was possible, and President Joe Biden announced an “investigation” into the Wuhan lab.
Fauci has also been cagey when it comes to his ties to “gain of function research” at the Wuhan lab in question. Gain of function research refers to intentionally making a virus more deadly and transmissible, presumably to help fight the disease. In an appearance before Congress in May 2021, Fauci told lawmakers that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” But documents unsealed in December of that year made clear that Fauci’s statements were false, and the NIH had indeed used U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund gain of function research in Wuhan. Moreover, Fauci himself appears to have signed off on the grants approving the research.
Throughout the pandemic, Fauci also expressed, with absolute certainty, that masks “worked” in halting the spread of the disease, that the COVID-19 vaccine would prevent people from contracting the virus, and that the benefits of lockdowns outweighed the potential social harm. When all of these “facts” were called into question, he consistently reframed his previous stances as only “educated guesses.”
Thus far, Democratic control of both chambers of Congress has shielded Fauci from extensive questioning and investigations on these and other matters of critical importance regarding COVID-19. Although a few terse exchanges like those between Fauci and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have revealed some important information, Americans have been denied transparency into potential conflicts of interest and outright lies from the man who more than anyone else became the face of the government’s response to COVID-19.
While Fauci has since retired from the NIH, he has continued to make the rounds on the media circuit, seemingly never turning down an interview request. Following Republicans’ victory in the November midterm elections and promises for COVID-19 investigations, Fauci promised to be an “open book” to GOP lawmakers – a surprising assertion from a man who has repeatedly dodged questions and tried to cover up what he knew about the virus and when.
But with subpoena and investigatory powers now firmly in hand, Republicans won’t have to ask – they can now demand all of Fauci’s records and correspondence from his time as a government employee. What they find will undoubtedly be worth paying attention to, both from the standpoint of learning the truth about the government’s pandemic response and preventing similar overreaches of government power in the future.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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Anything that over a million Americans die from in less than a year is not a fantasy. It was something we were not prepared to deal with, what we knew from other diseases didn’t apply to Covid. At the time we didn’t know the odds were against those of us, in at least moderate health, from getting it – but neither you or I or anyone else knew that. This thing was killing everybody in sight worldwide. The media fueled this fire more than anyone. Every day and night we were bombarded with stories of massive deaths everywhere. The media did a great job of creating hysteria. Two years later we have a lot of data indicating we had a lot wrong. We also have a lot of data on how to handle something like this differently. From day one everyone was shooting from the hip. The target was missed- a lot. Now we are wasting a lot of time and money on witch hunts, useless litigation, endless investigates that will accomplish nothing leading nowhere and committees that do nothing but spend incredible amount of money. If you must throw stones at someone throw them at these millions who borrowed money to go to college and don’t believe they have a responsibility to pay it back.
Another great , important article from Andrew Abbott , Well Done Andrew, This investigation by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee is all about getting to the Truth of the government response to the coronavirus , that is really good, I like the sentiment expressed by the chairman of the committee , James Comer in his statement about how he believes “…that every American regardless of their political ideology would like to know the truth.” That sure enough is a good outlook to have about the matter. Kind of funny how most intelligent, right thinking people like to know the truth. Those who have been distorting the truth will no doubt be seeing just how humorous it is as this Committee procedes with it ‘s mission . I believe that the public health establishment needs to be restructured and the improvements should start with the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health. So much hardship placed on the public could have been avoided by an approach to dealing with the virus that respected the rights of the American people, instead of using coercion with the mask and so-called vaccine mandates. In 2020 I remember thinking how the disregard for the truth, and the coercion being used by those involved with implementing the
measures to deal with the virus seemed to be similar to a hijacking situation. And remembering the principles of, the spirit of the Declaration of Independence came to mind automatically . Freedom should never be scraped in order to deal with a public health emergency, instead all of the advantages of Freedom should be called on to work with public health systems so as to protect both health and freedom, not choosing public health over freedom. Your statement about ” … learning the truth about the government ‘s pandemic response and preventing of similar overreaches of government power in the future.” regarding the purpose of the Committee is very appropriate, accurate and intelligent.
I believe that this issue marks a much needed turning point and that better days are ahead for the freedom loving people of the United States of America. May God guide us on the right course.
Send him back over to China and cancel his passport and US citizenship and don’t let him back in our country. He can live over there with all the ones he infected.
Better tell Fauci he needs to keep six feet away from other prisoners…
I pray that Fauci and all others involved are prosecuted.
The little weasel is lying through his mask . Send him over to the contaminated Whaun lab to fix the problem .
I hope this man gets into lots of trouble for what he did to America’s children, small business, churches, people with mental problems, and the list goes on. Fauci a disgusting person. NOT a scientist.
He should be punished not only for all the people who died a horrible death, but how about all the good folks who lost their small businesses because of lockdowns and other government restrictions. These people lost their dreams and incomes with the democrats help.
much ado about nothing. it’s all a done deal and nothing to be gained. there is plenty of information already out there. why waste the money and time and other resources when there are plenty of other more important matters to pursue such as border security and voter Security and balancing the budget?
If they can prosecute fauci then go for it, if not let it rest.
We already know the truth. And we already know that Fauci will lie on the stand.
Fauci should be stuck in a deep dark hole and have viruses tested on him.
PS – I’m not the Michael without a clue.
Why is it so hard to vote + for something?
The Dr deserves a final bum’s rush! He clearly involved himself in more than medicine and provided gross disservice to us.
Fauci is nothing but a liar he is responsible for thousands of people dying in this world.The Dems in Washington used him to scare people in this country he should be in prison for all that he has done.
Very sad that he stood in front of the cameras and just lie after lie and then out great President and the rest in Washington standing behind him like he is the greatest person on this earth, time to bring him to justice for what he has done.
Why is the US working with labs in China with taxpayers money??? As to Fauci, he is a self serving
anti-American official who has made his income off of the American public while acting as a
medical leader. Hang him high for treason!
Fauci is one of the most despicable of Progressives who have sold their soul for profit. Fauci’s actions have literally killed millions worldwide. From aiding Communists with taxpayer dollars to pushing vaccines, Fauci is a public enemy.
He’s not the only one that should be hung for treason. A lot of congressmen both Democrats and Republicans knew that Covid wasn’t as serious as made out to be unless you were old and have other medical issues. Democrat governors sent Covid patients to old folks homes to get the kill rate up knowing that the average time span of old people sent to old folks homes before they die is a year and a half. They used old people as collateral damage. If Covid was so terrible how come most Democrat governors and mayors had rules for thee and not for me . If it was so terrible wouldn’t they be at risk also? Also our government forbid doctors from using ivermectin and hydroxychloriquine because it was cheap and effective. They also mandated fake vaccines that are not vaccines while letting millions of illegals come across our southern border with no vaccines or masks that don’t work. Another thing in 2020 with the so called epidemic going on less people died in the US than the year before how is that possible? No one died from anything else that year but Covid ,even an idiot could decipher that isn’t possible. Yes people died mostly old people with preexisting conditions but there are drugs that worked which we couldn’t use. This whole Covid thing was used for socialism to see how much we would put up with and Democrats showed they are sheeple.
Fauci deserves a medal for having to deal with anti vaxxers spreading dangerous misinformation.
It’s too bad you don’t know how to do a little research yourself to find out the vaccine is not a vaccine , it does not keep you from getting Covid, it doesn’t stop or slow down the spread of Covid , it does not lessen the severity when you do get Covid like they have lied to you about. And now there is plenty of data that shows you have a good chance of dying of heart problems after receiving the phony vaccine.And we can’t look at what is actually in the vaccines and what happened during the testing phase for 75 years does that not throw up a red flag to you? Or since you have gotten the vaccine we can now add that the vaccine causes brain damage as witnessed by your asinine comments!
Just remember that “Michael” is just a troll that has been using several different “handles” to irritate this forum.
”it does not keep you from getting COVID”
no vaccine does. It makes sure you have a better chance of surviving it. What your talking about is immunity. Two different things. That’s what that Facebook doc did not tell you lol
How much of our tax dollars was used to buy ads on tv, radio & newspapers to brain wash the americian public?
BEAUTIFULLY SAID. WE AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH ALL OF WHAT YOU STATED.
“Sent COVID patients to old folks homes”
oh I thought that was something your family does when you get old and can’t take care of yourself lol
He needs to be held accountable. To many people died unnecessarily.
yes and too many people died alone without family and friends to visit them because of the Fauci induced lockdowns.
He deserves a whole stack of medals for helping to save about three million American lives.
Face it…you are a moron who shouldn’t even be on this sight.
He didn’t save a damn thing. He caused more problems than he solved. I’m 83, no vaccine and when I got covid it wasn’t even as bad as the flu and my friend who has been vaxxed and boosted was so sick she couldn’t get out of bed for over a week. The Vax did nothing for you but make it worse…..and has killed a lot of people….heart problems.
Lock the POS up and throw away the key…..he has killed too many people.
You should be ashamed of yourself for wanting to lick up somebody who helped save millions of lives.
you should be ashamed of yourself for being a MARXIST SHILL. “useful idiot”!!!!!
You should be ashamed of yourself for being on this sight. You are a Troll.
He hasn’t saved anyone….he has killed a lot with his virus and phony vaccines.
are you even an American? the phrases you use and the words are confusing.give it up and get a real job, you pos!
Would love to see out come! I feel there is something shady going on!