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Fauci Is Starting To Look Guilty, Guilty, Guilty On ‘Gain Of Function’

Dr. Anthony Fauci on NewsNation Now's "The Donlon Report"

As the “lab-leak” theory for COVID-19 gains increasing credibility, Dr. Anthony Fauci must answer for whether he had any role in supporting Chinese researchers who created this monster. So far, his answers aren’t exactly helping his case.

For those not following this story closely, it now appears likely that COVID-19 didn’t just happen in nature, but was the result of so-called “gain of function” research in a Wuhan lab, where scientists “spiked” a virus found in animals so it could infect humans. If true, the Chinese are directly responsible for the resulting pandemic’s massive economic and human cost.

Until just recently, the press and the “experts” – including Fauci – dismissed the lab-leak theory as a Trump-concocted conspiracy. Not anymore, and now there’s the question of Fauci’s involvement. What have we learned since? Nothing that exonerates him, that’s for sure. Here are the highlights:

Fauci’s Ever-Changing Story

Over the course of three weeks, Fauci has changed his tune three times when it comes to the question of whether he helped funnel taxpayer money to gain-of-function research.

When Sen. Rand Paul pressed Fauci on the question on May 11, he categorically denied it.

“The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute,” Fauci said.

Two weeks later, he told Sen. John Kennedy that he had no way of knowing whether the Chinese used grant money from the NIH for such studies.

Then last week Fauci dismissed the grant – which he said totaled $600,000 over five years – as insignificant.

“The Wuhan lab is a very large lab to the tune of hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. The grant that we’re talking about was … an average of about $125,000 to $140,000 a year.”

In other words, in a matter of days, Fauci went from “no, not ever” to “so what.”

In any case, his denials seem to fall apart when you consider that a 2015 paper by one of the top Wuhan scientists about gain-of-function research credited “grants from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease and the National Institute of Aging of the US National Institutes of Health.”

And, thanks to the work of Judicial Watch, we’ve learned that Fauci apparently lowballed the amount of taxpayer money sent to Wuhan by more than $200,000.

“These new documents show that funding for the Wuhan Institute was greater than the public has been told,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. The total listed is $826,277.

Fauci’s Behind-the-Scenes Effort To Deny The Lab-Leak Theory

Meanwhile, among the Fauci emails that have come to light are those showing how he was actively working to cast doubt on the lab-leak theory. The emails, according to the Washington Examiner, show that he “appeared to provide guidance to scientists who pushed back against the lab-leak hypothesis, and he shared articles with reporters and other health officials that critiqued the possibility that COVID-19 may have escaped from a Chinese government lab.”

Why would he do this, rather than demand that China open its lab to outside investigators, if not to cover his own culpability?

The lab-leak doubters certainly were grateful to have Fauci in their corner, with one emailing him to say: “We deeply appreciate your efforts in steering and messaging.”

Another wrote to Fauci: “I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins.”

Fauci’s Past Support for ‘Gain of Function’ Research

Next is the fact that Fauci praised gain-of-function research in the not-too-distant past.

In a paper from 2012, he defended the research, saying that the “benefits” gained from the science “outweigh the risk” of an accidental pandemic breaking out.

“It is more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky,” his comment, which was focused on a moratorium on gain-of-function research, says.

“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic? Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”

(Fauci’s comment is a perfect example of why the left’s “follow the science” mantra is so dangerously misguided.)

Fauci Benefactor Daszak’s Public And Private Statements

Then there’s the case of EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak – who collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on research funded by the NIAID. In a 2016 video discovered by The National Pulse, “Daszak  appears to boast about the manipulation of ‘killer’ SARS-like coronaviruses carried out by his ‘colleagues in China’.”

“We found other coronaviruses in bats, a whole host of them, some of them looked very similar to SARS. So we sequenced the spike protein: the protein that attaches to cells. Then we … Well, I didn’t do this work, but my colleagues in China did the work. You create pseudo particles, you insert the spike proteins from those viruses, see if they bind to human cells. At each step of this, you move closer and closer to this virus could really become pathogenic in people,” he says.

Daszak was, by the way, the person who wrote to Fauci about how “brave” he was for “standing up” to that pesky lab-leak theory. He’s also the person who organized a statement issued by the influential British medical journal The Lancet in February 2020 that called the lab leak notion a conspiracy theory that will “create fear, rumors, and prejudice that jeopardize our global collaboration in the fight against this virus.”

Oh, and his group was the one to which Fauci directed more than $3 million in grant money, of which Daszak sent the $600,000 – or was it $826,000? – to Wuhan.

And, to top it off Daszak was the only American tapped by the World Health Organization for a panel that dismissed the lab leak as “extremely unlikely.” Cover-up, anyone?

The idea that Fauci knew none of this about Daszak or about the likely origins of COVID-19 is about as believable as everything else Fauci has been saying lately, which is to say, not believable at all.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • So I’ll say what I said the very first day this happened. China committed an Act of War against the entire Western world and they’re threatening a nuclear war with anyone who asks about it. What else do you need to know? Trump is wrong, 13 trillion does not bring back a single person. More people have died from this virus, and the “cure” than died in Korea, Vietnam, 9/11 and the Gulfs wars 1 and 2 combined! It’s time the entire world turned it’s back on China and North Korea. And if they get physical, turn the all to glass.

    Did China actually think all it’s bribes would actually work to keep this quiet? It’s against human nature to keep a secret in the first place. No matter how much money you pay them.

    • You have defined China’s role in the pandemic perfectly. I agree with every word of your comment. Fauci should be tried for “crimes against humanity”. China should be shunned by all the world – no country accepting students, travelers, scientists, military entering their lands. Isolate and if China attempts to retaliate – destroy them first.

  • Fauci aided and abetted the largest mass murder and financial destruction in history. He should be charged and tried for crimes against humanity. I fail to see the difference of his Covid Experiment and Dr. Mengele’s experiments. Both resulted in untold deaths.

    • If you only looked at the number of deaths and serious injuries (like permanent lung/heart damage) Fauci beats Mengele and Hitler like an old rug. Throw in all the unknowns like suicide, missed operations, etc. and Fauci is competing with Stalin and Mao.

  • The lab did not do any gain of function research.
    But, if they did do any gain of function research, we didn’t fund it.
    But, if we did fund it, we didn’t use a lot of money.
    But, if we did use a lot of money, so what, we’re scientists.

    • “So what we are Scientists” of course we know Dr. FAUX-ci is NOT a Scientist!
      He has an MD only. He is NOT a Virologist nor an Epidemiologist.
      He secured his job with The Federal Government in order to Beat the DRAFT”.
      He and others of his ‘ilk’ were referred to as “YELLOW BERETS”.
      ….an apt description!

  • The bigger crime is that potentially beneficial treatments were discredited despite ample evidence to support their use. This includes hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin and nutrients. Thousands, maybe millions, could have been saved.

  • Fauci and his Chinese mad-scientist friends are guilty of Crimes against Humanity and need to be punished accordingly.

  • The CCP, Fauci , GOPe and the Democrats achieved their main goal with the plandemic. Gain power and get rid of Trump whom they all feared.

  • Yawn. Nothing will happen to Fauci.

    I saw a documentary on the Khmer Rouge or Mao’s Great Leap Forward (don’t remember which). They interviewed a lady refugee. She described it quite nicely. She said it started like a single strand of spaghetti / noodle. One is easy to break in half. Then 2 strands are added, etc. etc. until there are hundreds or thousands of strands added making it impossible to break. The Khmer Rouge – arresting and torturing and killing people for wearing glasses (among a lot of other things) and Mao with his Red Guard tearing down anything historical (statues, flags, buildings, etc.) and killing people are great examples of what we’ve got going on now and what we’ve got coming our way. We’ve had since at least 1965 (thanks Teddy Kennedy) to keep adding hundreds of strands. The times early on when we could break the strands, we didn’t (thank you Woodrow. thank you FDR).

    Fauci’s on the inside in good standing. He’s one of the hundreds / thousands of strands that can’t be broken.

  • Daszak and Fauci pretty much sound like sociopaths. Neither seems to care much about the possibility of a world wide pandemic arising from their precious gain of function research. Their rationales (the ends justify the means) are reminiscent of the 20th century Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele.

  • Tony Two-Tongues is not guilty of a crime against humanity, but he is guilty of dissembling in order to cover his big and very famous ass. He was complicit in the dissembling of the Chinese state which, although not intending to launch a global pandemic, clearly thought letting millions of innocent people die of the disease was better than losing face by admitting that a Chinese research facility had caused such a mistake. China even accused the U.S. of causing the pandemic when they knew this was another one of their lies, and Fauci, knowing of this lie, did not call them out.

  • Now they will need to go back a few decades and take a closer look at some of those other ‘novel’ viruses that suddenly popped up, many of them in China, under this same microscope…

  • Fauci isn’t starting to look guilty. His lies as exposed by his emails prove he’s guilty. Not that it matters. Does anyone reading this think for a moment that Fauci (oe any fraudulent/criminal Democrat) will face justice? LOL! That’s a thing of the past. Facing justice is something that only Republicans need be concerned with.

  • When Roger Stone lied to Congress he was prosecuted and jailed, a fate that does not appear to be in order for any Democrat.

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