GOP demands answers about Fauci phone call that made scientist suddenly reverse course on COVID

House Republicans want to know why a top virologist named Kristian G. Andersen inexplicably reversed course shortly after stating he thought the coronavirus may have been engineered following a call with Dr. Fauci.

Andersen originally emailed Fauci during the beginning of the pandemic telling him there was a good possibility the virus was engineered. Just days later, following a call with Fauci and other experts, Andersen called the idea of an engineered virus a “crackpot” theory. The email was part of a trove of correspondence connected to Dr. Fauce released in June. When queried on those emails, Fauci dismissed them as being taken out of context.

The email stated, “[O]ne has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered . . . . Eddie [Holmes], Bob [Garry], Mike [Ferguson] and myself all find the genome inconsistent with evolutionary theory.”

“The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered,” Andersen contended. He also said that research concerning the virus was in its early stages and more time was needed to understand it more fully.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, both want to know exactly why such a renowned expert would have such a dramatic change of heart so fast concerning the coronavirus.

The two conservatives sent a letter on Thursday to Andersen, who is a virologist at California’s prestigious Scripps Research Institute, asking him why that would be. Jordan wanted to know what was discussed during the previously mentioned phone call and how that may have changed his mind concerning COVID-19 and its origins.

The letter points out that Andersen’s email was sent out on Jan. 31, 2020. The next evening, the expert and “several other international virologists” were part of a call with Dr. Fauci.

The content of that call has not been revealed. After it took place, Andersen sent an email to Dr. Peter Daszak, who is the CEO of EcoHealth Alliance, that called the idea of the virus being manmade in a lab one of “the main crackpot theories going around at the moment.” He claimed, “This is demonstrably not the case.”

“In three days, with no explanation as to why, you flipped your perspective entirely and began calling a theory you lent credence to only days earlier a ‘crackpot theory,’” the representatives asserted in their letter. “It would appear the primary intervening event was the February 1 conference call with Dr. Fauci. We are very interested in understanding what happened on that call or what science came to light that caused such a dramatic change in your own hypothesis as to the engineering of COVID-19. Therefore, we request a staff level briefing as soon as possible but no later than August 5, 2021.”

“The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the principal oversight committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and has broad authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under House Rule X. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this inquiry,” the letter concluded.

A statement issued by the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee is now requesting that Fauci join Andersen at the briefing to discuss gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan lab.

Andersen deleted his Twitter account following the email revelations.

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