The House panel investigating the COVID-19 pandemic has issued a subpoena to the National Institutes of Health, raising concerns of a potential “cover-up” to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci. Here’s the full report.
House Panel’s Subpoena
In a new twist in the ongoing investigation into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House panel tasked with uncovering the truth served a subpoena on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday.
This move comes as part of the effort to unveil what some lawmakers suspect might be a “cover-up” intended to shield Dr. Anthony Fauci from scrutiny.
At the same time, he played a pivotal role in shaping the U.S. response to the pandemic.
The origins of this subpoena go back to revelations made earlier this year when Republican lawmakers unearthed an email from Dr. David Morens, an assistant to Dr. Fauci.
In this email, Dr. Morens admitted to using his personal email for official communications and even expressed willingness to delete emails to evade open-records requests.
Dr. Morens’ Actions Under Scrutiny
This revelation raised concerns as the use of personal email to circumvent federal records laws is in direct violation of U.S. policy.
Shaping the Pandemic Narrative
In another email, Dr. Morens disclosed that he had been tasked with engaging with the press to manipulate the narrative surrounding the origins of the coronavirus.
This move was allegedly to prevent Dr. Fauci from having to put “his fingerprints” on these stories.
House Oversight Committee
Such efforts to shape the public discourse about the pandemic raised eyebrows and spurred the House Oversight and Accountability Committee into action.
Demanding Transparency in the NIH
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Ohio Republican and chairman of the House select subcommittee on the COVID-19 pandemic, led the charge in demanding transparency.
Obstruction and Refusal
The National Institutes of Health, where both Dr. Morens and Dr. Fauci worked, conducted an internal review of Dr. Morens’ behavior but refused to disclose its findings, which only fueled suspicions of wrongdoing.
Demand for Investigation
In a letter addressed to the acting NIH Director, Lawrence A. Tabak, Rep. Wenstrup voiced his disapproval and declared that he would not tolerate this obstruction.
He stated, “Any government official who deletes federal records and purposefully sidesteps accountability to the American people must be thoroughly investigated,” and he emphasized that the subpoena marked a significant step toward holding both NIH and Dr. Morens accountable for their actions.
As of now, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Dr. Fauci ran until his retirement and still employs Dr. Morens as a senior scientific adviser, has not provided any comments or statements in response to these developments.
Dr. Fauci’s Involvement
Dr. Fauci, a prominent figure throughout the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, garnered considerable media attention.
His recommendations initially advised against wearing face masks, but he later reversed his stance and supported mask mandates and shutdown orders.
Additionally, he dismissed claims of the virus originating from a lab despite growing support for this theory among experts.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology
The primary focus of the investigation centers on the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, which had conducted research on bat coronaviruses with partial funding from U.S. taxpayers through the NIH. Dr. Morens was among those who worked to refute the lab leak theory in 2021, and his email exchanges suggest he may have intentionally bypassed records laws.
In a September 2021 email, Dr. Morens acknowledged his preference for using Gmail due to constant FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests on his NIH email.
He even mentioned his intention to delete emails he deemed unsuitable for public scrutiny.
In a separate email from July 2021, he discussed efforts to counter the lab leak theory and hinted that Dr. Fauci wanted to avoid direct involvement in discussions about the virus’s origin.
Investigating Dr. Morens
The House investigation has thus far unveiled a web of complex interactions and narratives. Rep. Wenstrup’s inquiry in June had questioned whether the narratives presented by Dr. Morens were in alignment with Dr. Fauci’s views.
These revelations could potentially have far-reaching consequences as the investigation delves deeper into the alleged actions taken to manipulate information and hinder transparency throughout the pandemic.
As Dr. Morens cooperates with investigators, the nation waits to see what further revelations may come to light. Any results are sure to raise some serious questions about the handling of the pandemic.
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