Republican senators reveal previously-redacted Fauci letter info – including surprise collaboration

A group of Republican Senators sent a letter to Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Senator Gary Peters on Thursday that made shocking revelations about the content of previously redacted Dr. Anthony Fauci emails.

The letter urged Peters to subpoena documents that the National Institute of Health and the Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies have refused to provide and hold the agencies accountable to the law that requires they disclose the requested documents upon request by at least five members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The senators reference an email that was previously obtained under a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) that was heavily redacted due to an FOIA exemption that claimed the redacted text could reasonably be expected to “interfere with law enforcement proceedings.” In the redacted email, EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak’s personally thanked Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Health, for rejecting the Wuhan lab leak “conspiracy.”

Republican Senators Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, James Lankford, Rick Scott, and Josh Hawley indicated that although HHS had refused thus far to comply with their requests for unredacted emails to be provided them under their authority as members of the Senate Committee, HHS submitted the same batch of heavily redacted emails that had been previously obtained in the FOIA releases.

However, the senators noted one glaring fact about the emails provided to the senators, “HHS may have forgotten to apply at least one FOIA redaction to a paragraph in an email.”

The previously redacted portion of the email they received and revealed in the letter presents damning evidence suggesting that Fauci has been caught red-handed lying to the American people about his involvement with the Wuhan lab. Written by Daszak to Fauci, it read:

It’s been a very hard few months as these conspiracy theorists have gradually become politicized and hardened in their stance. Especially because the work we’ve been doing in collaboration with Chinese virologists has given us incredible insight into the risks that these viruses represent so that we can directly help protect our nation from bat-origin coronaviruses. We’re fighting to keep the communications open with our Chinese colleagues, so that we can better address future pandemics like COVID-19.

 

The senators tear into the HHS over the fact that the previously redacted paragraph does not actually contain any information that “could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings” as had been previously claimed by HHS.

“This example calls into question HHS’s redaction process not only for FOIA requests from the public but also for documents produced to Congress,” the Republican senators wrote.

Fauci has vehemently denied funding gain of function research despite reports that the HIH gave $600,000 to Daszak’s nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance to fund research on bat-based coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In stark contrast to the outrageous claims early in the pandemic that claimed the lab leak theory was a “conspiracy,” it has become clear that Fauci not only funded the Wuhan lab but he thinks gain of function research is “worth the risk” and it has now been revealed that he has had continued involvement with bat-origin coronavirus research in Wuhan.

Ashley Hill

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