Republican lawmakers are accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci of knowingly dissembling about the Wuhan research grant – again. The accusations follow the release of a new book entitled Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta.
A month ago, Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had a fiery exchange on Capitol Hill. The senator accused the head of NAIAD of having secretly funded gain of function studies at the Institute of Virology Wuhan. At the time, Fauci adamantly insisted this wasn't true. He stated for the record:
"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."
Subsequent to this tense congressional exchange, thousands of Fauci's emails, accessed via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), were released and appeared to put the lie to Fauci's statement. Dr. Paul specifically referenced an email of February 2020 in which Dr. Fauci appeared concerned that any connection that could be made between him and the resumption of gain of function studies in Wuhan be obscured.
Gain of function studies was suspended in 2014 during the Obama administration because they were considered highly dangerous if a lab leak occurred. But allegations that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used a sort of middleman to fund the continuation...