Will Fauci face criminal charges now?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, now 80 years old, began his 53-year career as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1968. He assumed his NIAID Director position in 1984, served under the NIH Director Francis Collins, and advised every president since President Ronald Reagan. Between 2010 and 2019, Fauci made $3.6 million in salary.
Since 2014, Fauci’s pay increased from $335,000 to $417,608. Fauci made $417,608 in 2019, the latest year for which federal salaries are available. He was the highest paid government employee — making more than the $400,000 salary of the President of the United States. Fauci resigned in December 2022. Fauci Stepping Down Because ‘His Presence Is No Longer Politically Sustainable’: Attorney “The huge pop we are all hearing is the global opening of champagne bottles celebrating Fauci’s departure”.
Fauci may have perjured himself in his testimony with Senator Ron Paul when he denied that the NIH had funded the gain of function research that led to COVID 19 which killed millions of people around the world. A person convicted of perjury under federal law may face up to five years in prison and fines. (18 U.S.C. § 1621).
Dr. Robert Redfield’s Congressional Testimony
Dr. Redfield’s Bombshell Testimony
While crickets chirped, the bus just ran over Fauci
Watch replay: Origins of COVID-19 examined in House hearing with ex-CDC director Robert Redfield
COVID-19’s origin was the focus of a House hearing Wednesday (3/8/23) featuring testimony from top health official Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Written Statement of Dr. Robert R. Redfield Before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis March 8, 2023
“Chairman Wenstrup, Ranking Member Ruiz, and members of the Committee,
My name is Dr. Robert Redfield. I am pleased to testify today in support of this subcommittee’s important work – to investigate the origin of the COVID-19 virus that resulted in the deaths of over one million Americans.
As I know this Committee is aware, from 2018-2021 I served as the 18th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump administration. As CDC Director, I oversaw the agency’s response to the COVID19 pandemic from the earliest days of its spread and served as a member of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force. But perhaps more relevant to the purpose of this hearing, my 45 years in medicine has been focused on the study of viruses. I am a virologist by training and practice.
Prior to my time at the CDC, I spent more than 20 years as a U.S. Army physician and medical researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where I served as the Chief of the Department of Retroviral Research and worked in virology, immunology, and clinical research at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic and other viral threats.
In 1996, I co-founded the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in partnership with the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, and the University System of Maryland where I served as the Director of Clinical Care and Research and also served as a tenured professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology; chief of infectious disease; and vice chair of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After my time at CDC, I served as the senior public health advisor to Governor Hogan and the State of Maryland.
As COVID-19 began to spread across the world, there were two competing hypotheses about the virus’s origin that needed to be vigorously explored.
The first hypothesis is the possibility that COVID-19 infections in humans were the result of a “spillover event” from nature. This is a situation in which a virus naturally mutates and becomes transmissible from one species to another – in this case, from bats to humans via an intermittent species. This is what happened in previous outbreaks of SARS and MERS, earlier coronaviruses that emerged from bats and spread through an intermediate animal.
The second hypothesis is the possibility that the virus evolved in a lab involved in gain-of-function research. This is a type of research in 2 which scientists seek to increase the transmissibility and or pathogenicity of an organism in order to better understanding the organism and inform preparedness efforts and the development of countermeasures such as therapeutics and vaccines. Under this theory, COVID-19 infected the general population after it was accidentally leaked from a lab in China.
From the earliest days of the pandemic, my view was that both theories about the origin of COVID-19 needed to be aggressively and thoroughly examined. Based on my initial analysis of the data, I came to believe—and still believe today—that it indicates COVID-19 infections more likely were the result of an accidental lab leak than the result of a natural spillover event.
This conclusion is based primarily on the biology of the virus itself, including its rapid high infectivity for human to human transmission which would then predict rapid evolution of new variants, as well as a number of other important factors to include the unusual actions in and around Wuhan in the fall of 2019, all of which I am happy to discuss today. Even given the information that has surfaced in the three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some have contended that there is no point in investigating the origins of this virus. I strongly disagree. There is a global need to know what we are dealing with in the COVID-19 virus because it affects how we approach the problem to try and prevent the next pandemic. Understanding the origins of COVID-19 is critical for the future of scientific research, particularly as it affects the ongoing ethical debate around the conduct of gain-of-function research.
Gain-of-function has long been controversial within the scientific community, and, in my opinion, the COVID-19 pandemic presents a case study on the potential dangers of such research. While many believe that gain-of function research is critical to get ahead of viruses by developing vaccines, in this case, I believe it had the exact opposite result, unleashing a new virus on the world without any means of stopping it and resulting in the deaths of millions of people.
Because of this, it is my opinion that we should call for a moratorium on all gain-of-function research until we can have a broader debate and come to a consensus as a community about the value of gain-of-function research. This debate should not be limited to the scientific community. If the decision is to continue gain-of-function research, then it must be determined how and where to conduct this research in a safe, responsible and effective way. Thank you again for inviting me to be here today as we explore these important topics. I look forward to answering your questions.”
For those that missed it, here is the YouTube video of Dr. Redfield reading his written testimony in the hearing:
Former CDC Director Says He Was Excluded From COVID Origins Calls Because He Didn’t Support ‘Single Narrative’
Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday he believes he was deliberately excluded from early conference calls discussing the origins of COVID-19.
Redfield told the House Oversight Select Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic that National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci and National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins allegedly wanted to promote a “single narrative” about the origins of COVID-19. Redfield, an early proponent of the lab leak theory, has been a staunch critic of investigations conducted by the World Health Organization into the spread of the virus.
“I obviously had a different point of view” from Fauci and Collins, Redfield told Republican New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. “I felt it was not scientifically plausible that the virus went from a bat to humans and became one of the most infectious viruses we have in humans….”
Redfield added he only learned about a Feb. 1, 2020, phone call between Fauci, Collins, Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar and other scientists when emails detailing the call were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act….I was quite upset as the CDC director that I was excluded in those discussions. Why would they do this? Because I had a different point of view and I was told they made a decision that they would keep this confidential.” Redfield testified.”
Former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Lays Out Three Red Flags That Point To Lab Leak
Former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield laid out the three biggest red flags that he believes point to the coronavirus having leaked from a lab during a Wednesday testimony before Congress. Refield was testifying for the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic and laid out several unusual things the Wuhan Coronavirus Institute of Virology allegedly did months before the world shut down over the coronavirus pandemic. Redfield began criticizing gain-of-function research, saying, “I think it probably caused the greatest pandemic our world has ever seen.”
Covid-19 origin debate ‘squashed’, ex-CDC chief Dr Robert Redfield claims
The former head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said he was “sidelined” over his views on the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Robert Redfield was the key witness in a US congressional committee’s first public hearing as it investigates how the coronavirus emerged. He said he was cut out of early discussions on where the virus came from because he suspected a lab leak.
The accusation was dismissed by Dr Anthony Fauci as “completely untrue”.
Fauci rejects claims from former CDC director that he ‘froze-out’ lab leak proponents
Fauci, for his part, contended that Redfield’s presence would not have been objectionable but that he had not been the one to select the call’s participants.
POSTED ON MARCH 10, 2023 BY ELIZABETH STAUFFER IN CONGRESS, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH CARE
FAUCI PREVIEWS HIS DEFENSE
In testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Wednesday, former Centers for Disease Control and Protection Director Robert Redfield confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had deliberately tried to shut down debate about the lab leak theory.
Lawmakers focused on a Jan. 31, 2020, email from Scripps Research Institute virologist Dr. Kristian Andersen to Fauci in which Andersen wrote he and several of his colleagues believed “some of COVID-19’s features look possibly engineered.”
The following day, Fauci and then-National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins organized a conference call with at least 11 virologists including Andersen, according to a March 5 House Subcommittee memo. It stated, “New evidence released by the Select Subcommittee today suggests that Dr. Fauci ‘prompted’ the drafting of a publication that would ‘disprove’ the lab leak theory, the authors of this paper skewed available evidence to achieve that goal.”
In January 2022, Fox News obtained notes from the call that revealed Fauci’s deliberate decision to suppress the lab leak theory of origin. His stated reason was concern over “how the public would react to news of possible Chinese government involvement.”
According to Fox, Collins worried that “‘science and international harmony’ could be harmed and accusations of China’s involvement could distract top researchers.”
Within days of this call, several of the virologists, including Andersen, wrote a paper that supported the zoonotic theory of origin.
Fox noted that “private communications show that various drafts were sent to Fauci and Collins for approval.”
The paper was published in Nature Medicine on Feb. 16, 2020.
In August 2020, Andersen announced his lab received an $8.9 million research grant from NIAID.
Redfield, a member of the coronavirus task force that was created on Jan. 29, 2020, testified that because he was an advocate of the lab leak theory, Fauci excluded him from the pivotal Feb. 1, 2020 conference call, and from all communications with the virologist network.
(Highlights from the hearing can be viewed in the videos below.)
On Thursday, Fauci was interviewed by Fox News host Neil Cavuto. He said: You know Neil, I really feel badly about that because I know Bob a long time. He is totally and unequivocally incorrect. … I had nothing to do with who would be on that call. That call was organized by a group of evolutionary virologists in order to discuss the possibility that this might actually be a virus that was actually engineered. …
As Fauci continues his denial, Cavuto interrupts to ask if he thinks Redfield should have been on the call.
Retrospectfully, it would have been okay to have him on the call, of course, but I didn’t put him [on] or take him off and it’s really disturbing that in a public hearing – a Congressional hearing, he makes an accusatory statement that has no basis whatsoever in reality …
Then, he thinks he has the ultimate argument to prove that Redfield is wrong. He said, in his own mind, that he was kept out because he was of the opinion that this might be a lab leak. Half the people on the call were of the opinion that it might be a lab leak. So, his rationale of why he thought he was excluded is an invalid rationale.
The point Fauci is missing is that those who began the call thinking the virus had come from a lab leak suddenly reversed their opinions entirely. What changed their minds?
Cavuto played a clip from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and asked Fauci to comment. Jordan said:
If it may have been a lab, may have been nature … then why did Dr. Fauci work so hard for just one of those theories? Three days after they say it came from a lab, they changed their position and the only intervening event is a conference call with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins, again a call that Mr. Redfield was not allowed to be on … and then three months later, shazam, they get $9 million bucks from Dr. Fauci. Well, isn’t that something.
Fauci replied: “I almost have to laugh at that. Neil, I mean that’s totally bizarre. …” Cavuto wasn’t laughing. In fact, he looked very skeptical.
The House Subcommittee will no doubt ask Andersen and the other virologists on that call to testify in the weeks to come. And then they will call on Fauci to explain what has become increasingly clear to all of us. At a time of great national peril, he was more interested in covering up the fact that U.S. taxpayer dollars had funded dangerous gain of function research at the Wuhan lab than he was in helping Americans navigate the deadly pandemic.”
The two articles below show that the tide is turning on the lab leak theory in the corporate media and in the government now.
The New Yorker 2/28/23: The Surprisingly Contrarian Case Against Lying About Science
The Wall Street Journal 2/ 26/23 Another Turn in the Covid Lab-Leak Story
More evidence that those who derided the possibility of a man-made Chinese origin were wrong.