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Mounting Criticism of Fauci Following House Hearing, WSJ Revelations

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

A series of developments in recent weeks has led to mounting criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as more details emerge about his knowledge and role in suppressing the COVID-19 lab leak theory.

The first blow for Fauci came in late February with a bombshell Wall Street Journal report detailing an Energy Department assessment that the coronavirus likely originated in a Chinese lab. The Energy Department’s analysis followed a report from the FBI which also concluded that “the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory.”

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Fauci was one of the most outspoken critics of the lab leak theory, even as other prominent scientists raised the alarm that the COVID-19 virus indeed could have escaped from a lab.

In a series of since-released emails between Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins in April 2020, Fauci dismissed the lab leak theory as a “shiny object.” He then made multiple TV appearances over the next several months where he unequivocally denied the plausibility that the virus could have escaped from a lab.

In an appearance on CNN following the Journal story, however, Fauci was suddenly engaged in a game of verbal gymnastics, telling host Jim Acosta, “A lab leak could be that someone was out in the wild, maybe looking for different types of viruses in bats, got infected, went into a lab and was being studied in the lab and then came out of the lab.”

“But if that’s the definition of a lab leak Jim, then that’s still a natural occurrence,” Fauci insisted.

Fauci has been forced to walk back or revise his previous assertions several times as the lab leak theory has gained more credibility, and has so far refused to offer an apology or admission that his earlier statements were very likely incorrect.

Things got worse for Fauci a week later as the new House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic released evidence that Fauci commissioned a paper in February 2020 to disprove the lab leak theory.

According to the New York Post, Fauci “commissioned — and had final approval on — a scientific paper written specifically to disprove the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.”

Then, the Post report continues, “Eight weeks later, Fauci stood at a White House press conference alongside President Donald Trump and cited that paper as evidence that the lab leak theory was implausible while pretending it had nothing to do with him and he did not know the authors.”

A hearing by the House pandemic subcommittee raised more problems for Fauci, as other senior members of the Trump administration testified that they believed in early 2020 that, based on the evidence, the COVID-19 virus could have originated in a lab.

Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, one of the witnesses at the hearing, told the committee, “Based on my initial analysis of the data, I came to believe and I still believe today that it indicates that COVID-19 more likely was a 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.”

Redfield went on to specifically accuse Fauci of suppressing debate around the origins of the virus in the early months of the pandemic.

Fauci has also faced backlash from Twitter CEO Elon Musk. The eccentric billionaire teased in January that he would unveil “the Fauci Files” as part of his drawn-out release of internal Twitter communications showing collusion between “content moderators” at the platform, career bureaucrats at intelligence agencies, and Democrat operatives to silence and censor conservatives.

Last December, Musk famously tweeted “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” touching off a public war of words between the two. “What are they talking about?” a clearly frazzled Fauci asked an interviewer who brought up the criticism from Musk. “I wish I could figure out what the heck they’re talking about. I think they’re just going off the deep end.”

Musk has yet to release the promised “Fauci Files,” although his previous tardiness on a number of other promised revelations leaves reason to believe that more bombshells could be coming.

The House pandemic subcommittee has also pledged to continue its investigations into the lab leak theory, as well as potential ties between Fauci and the Wuhan lab from which the COVID-19 virus allegedly escaped. And public pressure for answers from both China and top U.S. and global public health authorities continues to intensify.

In short, it looks like, even in retirement, Dr. Fauci still has a lot of explaining to do.

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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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

It has been abundantly clear for quite some time now that Dr. Fauci disregarded U.S. policy against gain of function research and elected to continue funding such research through a third party proxy by having such illegal research done in Wuhan, China. That is what the existing paper trail shows. The resulting 7 million people dead around the world is the result of Dr. Fauci farming out this activity to China, which has a long history of disregarding safety protocols related to research on level 4 viruses.

The question remains will anything be done to hold either Dr. Fauci or the CCP accountable for the deaths caused and the trillions in economic and societal disruptions that the world had to endure? The answer to that question is sadly NO. That is the cold, hard reality of where we stand today. At this point, under this current administration, neither Dr. Fauci nor the CCP will pay any price for their actions. That is just reality. The rest of the leaders of what is left of the free world are far too concerned about making nice with China at all costs, because of the lure of what access to the Chinese domestic market means to their own stagnant economies. So, Dr. Fauci will continue to enjoy his retirement and do paid guest appearances on various networks, while China continues to move forward on its agenda of becoming the world’s lone superpower by 2035.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
1 year ago

Very good article Andrew, As you stated in the last sentence , there is much explanation needed. Some people are very good at explaining things , however their explanations aren’t worth very much if the truth is left out of the explanation. So it appears with this coronavirus/ COVID 19 situation. The public health establishment needs to be restructured and it could and should start with the principles of the ethical practice of public health. New leadership in the public health establishment is needed, and the new people at the top need to respect the rights of the citizens of the United States of America, and not let public health be used as part of a political strategy . It appears that a turn towards going in the right direction is underway in this coronavirus/COVID 19 situation, and that is very encouraging. Encouragement is healthiy. Great for mind, body and spirit.

Mary
Mary
1 year ago

How much money did Fauci make from the covid vaccines and boosters?

Lisa skinner
Lisa skinner
1 year ago

Until that man is in handcuffs and loses his taxpayer funded pension, justice will not be served.

Jocie
Jocie
1 year ago

He needs to decide one what story wants to stick with and get it straight

Will Eskridge
Will Eskridge
1 year ago

This man needs to be in prison. China needs to be held accountable too but with sleepy joe it won’t happen since he’s in china pocket.

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

We spend way too much time, effort and money on things that are not going to change anything. While crime, drugs and violence are destroying America, that we can do something about, that we can make big changes in our lives for the good of America, we prefer to waste our resources on something like this.

Terry Maznio
Terry Maznio
1 year ago

This guy’s retirement check should be withdrawn at the least given the magnitude of damage he’s inflicted on millions of people who went along with his sinister lies resulting in not only financial losses that will never be recovered but the loss of life. This loser hid behind a suspicious cloud called science versus common sense because it gained him both untold wealth but more importantly power as if he was a God; the sick side of this is how many people in authority bought into his lies, along with millions of ignorant common folks who still to this day can be seen still wearing those useless masks believing the false hope that it’ll save them and all of this, especially the deaths in part can be attributed to this one man’s refusal to admit he screwed up; a scripture says it all “ pride goes before a fall “ how often are we folks going to suffer because someone in power refuses when the evidence is clear, refuses to simply say, ah l was wrong; pride is an ugly and dangerous attitude who’s outcome is disastrous; the real tragedy is having to do with the public’s confidence regarding future public health which is zero due to this loser and the fact that we the people will never see people like this guy being held accountable and or arrested for the irresistible damage he’s done in the name of science which isn’t absolute but a damn theory; if you want real immovable truth you need to go no further than the Bible but not to some power hungry egomaniac like God Fauci

Vietvet 6768
Vietvet 6768
1 year ago

To bad he could charge with a war crime…should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity!
more likely he will get away with it…

Cayce
Cayce
1 year ago

This guy should be in jail period! He lied under oath!!!

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

Fauci has made it so many Americans don’t trust the medical community anymore!! He lied and lied and lied and still expected us to believe him!! He knows exactly what happened in the Wuhan Lab!!! He knows exactly how Covid was released!!! He is not an innocent here!! He has made a ton of money during the pandemic and it’s all just wrong!! Fauci is a traitor and should be in jail for what he has done!!!

Rock, paper, scissors
Rock, paper, scissors
1 year ago

Give Rand Paul some credit for seeing right through this amoral piece of trash. The only question left is why Fauci worked so hard to disguise the truth and it usually means he was deeply involved and making money in the Wuhan lab.

Ralph S
Ralph S
1 year ago

Dr. Fauci should stick to baseball… his curve ball in that sport hurt no one!

Paddleguy
Paddleguy
1 year ago

Backlash from Musk? Who cares, Musk has been trafficking in conspiracy theories.

Barbara D
Barbara D
1 year ago

Los Angeles Times March 17 2023 New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market The discussion is not closed. msn.com/en-us/health/other/new-covid-origins-data-point-to-raccoon-dogs-in-china-market/ar-AA18LKYo

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Prosecute Fauci & allies day 1

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I think there was nothing accidental about it. I think Democrats colluded with China to release the virus to get rid of Trump.

Duluth Tom
Duluth Tom
1 year ago

this is about global domination by a few billionaires. they needed a pandemic to weaken our passion for freedom. i can see, with many youngsters, it has been successful.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Fauci is a Fraud, Liar, and Embezzler.
Just check his Bank account for ALL the kickbacks he got from pharmaceutical companies and Communist China from lying about China Virus.
He is GUILTY.

Donald N. Baker
Donald N. Baker
1 year ago

Fauci is a lying snake oil salesman. Over and over I have watched him habitually committing perjury in front of congressional committees and nothing being done about it. He needs to be in prison for his crimes

DisgustedwithElitism
DisgustedwithElitism
1 year ago

J. Edgar Fauci is not a modern Albert Schweitzer; he belongs in the company of Josef Mengele and Kermit Gosnell.

Theodore
Theodore
1 year ago

Fauci has been consistent; consistently wrong from A – V Aides to China Virus. Put him in the cell reserved for Trump!

Aris
Aris
1 year ago

Accidental lab leak or deliberate action as part of the World Economic Forum’s (King Charles/Schwab/Kissinger/Rothschild) Great Reset? Why are so-called “conservatives” trying to whitewash what has been publicly proclaimed and de facto confessed to by the Kabal? What MKULTRA brain fog is this author operating through?

ddd
ddd
1 year ago

Fauci prevented over a million covid deaths and many more millions of cases of long covid. How is that not enough?

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