Lawmakers call for answers after new book suggests Fauci lied about coronavirus grant

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci is making headlines once again in the wake of a new claim that officials under former President Donald Trump urged Fauci to cancel a grant sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in early 2020 — a grant linked with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to Fox News, Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta are set to publish a new book in which several bombshell revelations are made concerning Fauci’s role in the Wuhan lab grant. Fauci was initially hesitant to get involved with canceling the grant until, reportedly, he learned that the former president personally insisted that he take action. 

Lawmakers react

Excerpts from the book, titled, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, have already caught the attention of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The reason why lawmakers are growing concerned with the book’s revelations is that they seem to contradict what Fauci said at a June 2020 congressional hearing, in which he expressly stated that he “didn’t know the reason” why the White House ordered a halt to the remaining funds of an NIH grant being transferred.

Fauci stated at the time that the grant was canceled simply “because the NIH was told to cancel it,” words that some lawmakers, such as Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) believe were used to downplay the former president’s role in attempting to combat the virus.

“Dr. Fauci is so obsessed with maintaining his own relevance and downplaying President Trump’s role in combatting this crisis that he’s once again been caught lying,” Carter said in a Fox News interview.

“We need someone leading the pandemic response and our investigation into its origins who is more concerned with the truth than their own PR campaign.  It’s time for Dr. Fauci to go,” the Georgia Republican added.

Discrepancies are “very concerning”

Over 200 Republican lawmakers have called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to initiate a full, congressional investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 virus — a call which she has largely ignored, to date.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), reacted similarly to the new revelations in the upcoming book, calling Fauci’s alleged comments “very concerning” while insisting that Congress determine Fauci’s true role in the entire ordeal.

“We owe it to the American people to find answers about how the pandemic happened and what Dr. Fauci knew and when he knew it,” Mullin said, adding it “goes to show just how important it is to have full investigation into the origins of COVID-19.”

Fauci has also faced increasing pressure from members of the upper chamber, including from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who has called on President Joe Biden to fire his chief medical adviser, saying at the very least, Fauci should “step aside” and help with an investigation into COVID-19’s true origins, according to Breitbart.

Only time will tell if Fauci buckles under congressional and public pressure, but it’s readily apparent that there are many questions about the origins of the pandemic for which Americans deserve clear and truthful answers.

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