EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans say it is “imperative” for Dr.Anthony Fauci to testify before congressional committees and provide information relating to the origins of COVID-19.
Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Who is the lead Republican on the House selection subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis, and James Comer, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, has wrote a letter to leading committee Democrats, Chairman James Clyburn, DS .C., and Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., saying it is “imperative” that Fauci appear before committees.
Scalise and Comer wrote that Fauci’s emails, which were released as part of a freedom of information law filing this week, “debunk the claims of many Democrats last year,” including that he and other scientists have been “” muzzled “” by the Trump administration.
“More importantly, the emails contain new evidence regarding the origins of COVID-19, including the possibility that it leaked from a lab funded by US taxpayers,” they wrote.
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“It is now imperative that Dr. Fauci appear before our committees to provide information on the origins of the new coronavirus as well as the role of the US government in funding research that may have contributed to the development of the new coronavirus”, have they continued. “The American people have a right to know what our government knew about the origins of the pandemic and when it became known. ”
Scalise and Comer also renewed their demands on Clyburn and Maloney to “convene hearings to examine the origins of COVID-19, the possibility that it leaked from a CCP-controlled lab and any involvement of US taxpayer funds.” .
They also demanded “unresponsive versions of all emails recently posted by Dr Fauci.”
“Your continued inaction in the face of growing evidence of the CCP’s malicious conduct is worrying,” they wrote.
Fauci’s emails sparked a fierce backlash among Republicans, particularly criticizing his comments about wearing the mask, the potential that the coronavirus leak from a lab donated by the US, and more.
Scalise and Comer last week called on Clyburn and Maloney to launch a “full and comprehensive” investigation into China’s role in the origins of COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, President Biden released a rare statement last week, revealing that the U.S. intelligence community has “merged around two likely scenarios” for the origins of COVID-19, “including whether it came from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory accident, “and requested” further follow-up. “
The president called on the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and report to me in 90 days,” Biden said.
“As part of this report, I have requested additional areas of investigation that may be needed, including specific questions for China,” he added while noting that the effort would include the work of “our national laboratories and other agencies of our government to increase the efforts of the intelligence community” and directing the IC to “keep Congress fully informed of its work”.
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The United States will also continue to work with like-minded partners around the world to pressure China to participate in a full, transparent and evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence, ”Biden said.
But it was China’s refusal to support the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origin of COVID-19 that prompted the Biden administration to speed up declassification of U.S. intelligence and release of the statement. from the president on Wednesday, Fox News learned.
An administration official told Fox News that Biden was briefed on the intelligence in the Presidential Daily Briefing earlier this month, which revealed that U.S. intelligence officials were torn between whether COVID-19[female[feminine emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.