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House COVID Speaker Slams Fauci’s ‘Hypocrisy’ During Pandemic During Congressional Hearing

The chairman of the House subcommittee investigating the origins of COVID-19 criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday for his “hypocrisy” during the pandemic, as the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was returning to Capitol Hill for a highly…scheduled public hearing.

Coronavirus Pandemic Select Subcommittee Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) said in a scathing opening statement that Fauci, 83, had presided over “one of the most invasive domestic policy regimes “the United States has ever seen,” citing the former president’s draconian restrictions. – A public health official recently admitted there is no scientific evidence to support it.

“Americans have been aggressively bullied, humiliated and silenced simply for questioning or debating issues such as social distancing, masks, vaccines or the origins of COVID,” Wenstrup said.

“And he should not have been forced to comply with oppressive mandates, while those who chose to illegally cross our southern border were not,” he added. “Or when (California) Gov. (Gavin) Newsom or (Michigan Gov. Gretchen) Whitmer threw parties at lavish restaurants. This is not a good overview.

“Dr. Fauci, you once said, ‘If you don’t agree with me, you don’t agree with science,'” Wenstrup also said. “Americans don’t hate science. But Americans know hypocrisy when they see it. »

Fauci was expected to answer questions about his role in suppressing the so-called “lab leak” hypothesis about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 – and denying in high-profile hearings during the pandemic that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency overseeing NIAID, funded risky gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has killed more than 25 million people worldwide, including more than 1.1 million Americans.

Fauci will also likely have to explain a trove of more than 150 explosive emails obtained by the subcommittee showing his former senior adviser, Dr. David Morens, boasting about evading Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and deleting federal records.

Morens wrote in some emails that he and Fauci also had a “back channel” to thwart congressional investigations and press inquiries about COVID-19.

Attendees heckled the former White House COVID czar as he took his seat, with one calling him a “traitor” and another saying, “You killed my grandmother.”

“If I make a mistake, I answer to the people of Ohio and to my own conscience,” Wenstrup said at one point. “When you, or your agency, made mistakes, Dr. Fauci, what happened?

“You took the position that you were presenting ‘the science.’ Your words appeared to be definitive and infallible when it comes to the pandemic.

This is a developing story; refresh the page for updates.

New York Post

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