Dr. Anthony Fauci, who spearheaded the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to testify before a House subcommittee, marking a significant development since Republicans gained majority control in January, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic, wrote a letter to Fauci, highlighting the nine-month negotiation process to secure Fauci’s testimony.
As outlined in Wenstrup’s letter, Fauci is scheduled to undergo a transcribed interview on January 8-9, with each day consisting of seven hours of closed-door testimony. Additionally, a public hearing is planned, although its date remains pending.
Appointed by former President Donald Trump to the White House Coronavirus Task Force in 2020, Fauci later became the chief medical adviser under President Joe Biden’s administration.
Wenstrup emphasized that Fauci’s testimony would play a crucial role in the subcommittee’s investigations into various aspects, including the origins of COVID-19, mandates, research methodologies, scientific transparency, and more.
“Dr. Fauci was the face of America’s public health response during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his testimony will serve as a crucial component of the Select Subcommittee’s investigations into the origin of COVID-19, coercive mandates, gain-of-function type research, scientific censorship, and more,” Wenstrup said in a news release.
“It is time for Dr. Fauci to confront the facts and address the numerous controversies that have arisen during and after the pandemic. Americans deserve trusted public health leaders who prioritize the well-being of our people over any personal or political goals,” he said.
“Thankfully, retirement from public service does not shield one from Congressional oversight nor accountability to the American people. During Dr. Fauci’s upcoming testimonies, honesty is non-negotiable,” Wenstrup added.
The statement also referred to Fauci’s alleged awareness of gain-of-function research activities in Wuhan before the pandemic’s emergence, criticizing his purported silence on the matter.
The release stated that Fauci “was aware of dangerous gain-of-function research occurring in Wuhan, China prior to the emergence of COVID-19, but remained curiously silent to the public.”
Despite retiring from his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and his role as Biden’s chief medical adviser at the end of the previous year, Fauci faces ongoing scrutiny regarding his involvement in the CIA’s review of the virus’s origins.
The select subcommittee suspects Fauci’s influence could have impacted the CIA’s reluctance to conclude whether the virus originated from the Wuhan lab.
Allegations of financial incentives offered to analysts by the CIA, supposedly influencing the inconclusive outcome of its investigation, have further fueled concerns about the authenticity of the COVID-19 origins narrative promoted by federal agencies.
Fauci’s unannounced visit to CIA headquarters coincided with the agency’s indecision regarding the virus’s source, prompting intensified scrutiny and speculation.
🚨BREAKING🚨— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) November 30, 2023
Dr. Anthony Fauci will appear before the 118th Congress for the FIRST TIME for a two-day transcribed interview on January 8, 2024 and January 9, 2024.
He has also agreed to testify in front of @COVIDSelect at a public hearing next year. pic.twitter.com/8QiIV3Cjph
🚨EcoHealth's @PeterDaszak testified for 9.5 hours.— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) November 15, 2023
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More to come!