Demands that Dr. Anthony Fauci is under criminal investigation for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, making their way from evening programs via cable to Congress.
It is the latest escalation of attacks on the federal government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, a figure adored by the left and despised by the right.
In an interview, Representative Chip Roy used the release of a series of emails to say that Fauci is under criminal investigation.
“We literally destroyed the largest economy in the history of the world because Anthony Fauci wanted to be on the cover of magazines and be on the cocktail scene in DC,” he told far-right podcast host Todd Starnes.
“We’re going to follow the truth wherever it leads, and if that’s a criminal investigation, so be it.”
Republicans have their attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci stepped up to release thousands of emails. Now Rep. Chip Roy says he wants answers and that could require a criminal investigation into the federal government’s chief coronavirus adviser
Fauci said the cache of emails has been taken out of context and the White House has defended its role during the pandemic
The email cache — released after a freedom of information request by news organizations — has raised new questions about how much Fauci knew about work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The lab is central to claims that the pandemic started with a virus leak.
Fauci’s critics claim the emails show that he was warned about the lab leak hypothesis early in the crisis and that he was aware of “function gain” research in the lab, where scientists conduct research by altering the genetic makeup of viruses. .
And they think emails sent last February show colleagues at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases feared they might be linked to the Chinese boy’s work.
The result is a nutritional frenzy among conservatives.
They first took on Fauci last year, when he regularly offered a skeptical view of President Donald Trump’s optimistic view of the pandemic’s progress.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson flipped through the emails Wednesday night, including a message from Peter Daszak.
Daszak was the head of a non-profit organization responsible for sending US funding to the Wuhan lab and wrote to Fauci thanking him for publicly ruling out the idea that the facility was responsible for the facility.
Carlson said it was odd that most of the email was redacted.
That particular exception to the FOIA law applies to, quote, “records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of those documents could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings,” he said.
‘Were Peter Daszak and Tony Fauci under criminal investigation?
“We can only hope they are. They certainly deserve it.’
Roy took up the idea in the interview.
He said he could not formulate an allegation of criminal conduct, but that more should be disclosed.
“This is the best example you can have of what happens when you fund federal bureaucrats to make decisions on our behalf and intervene with the power they have,” he said.
“Think of the strength of Anthony Fauci and what he has done. 100,000 businesses closed, lives destroyed, children in masks, mental things, people who couldn’t get cancer screening.’
A slew of Republicans are demanding his resignation.
President Biden has ordered the intelligence community to redouble its efforts to find out whether the novel coronavirus arose naturally or from a laboratory. Researchers from the Wuhan Institute for Virology can be seen in this February 2017 file photo
“The recently released emails and investigative reports from Anthony Fauci on the origins of #COVID19 are shocking,” tweeted Senator Josh Hawley.
“The time has come for Fauci to resign and for a full Congressional investigation into the origins of #COVID19 – and all efforts to avoid full accounting.”
The White House backs Fauci, who remains one of the country’s most trusted public health authorities, according to latest polls.
And for his part, Fauci said the emails had been taken out of context.
“I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human being, but I’m absolutely open to the idea that if there is another origin, there could be another reason, it could be a lab leak,” he said. cnn.
President Joe Biden recently ordered a new look at the origins of the virus, prompting former President Donald Trump to say he was right more than a year ago to raise the lab leak theory.
“There are many questions that Dr. Fauci must be answered,” he said in a statement. ‘What did Dr. Fauci on ‘job gain’ research, and when did he know?’