House testimony on pandemic concludes Dr. Fauci lied under oath. Now what?

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s damning congressional testimony related to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s claims under oath left one question lingering: “Now what?”

Appearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Tuesday, Ratcliffe did not hesitate when Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) asked him whether or not he agreed with former CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield that the National Institutes of Health was funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

As she laid out, Fauci had denied the funding from the agency that oversaw his own when testifying under oath to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in Nov. 2021, but ongoing investigations have repeatedly countered that claim, and Redfield himself had testified to her in March that he had “no doubt” about NIH’s involvement, to which Ratcliffe agreed.

“Given what we know now, if you were in Dr. Fauci’s position, would you have denied the NIH’s role in gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab?” Malliotakis asked the former DNI pointedly.

“No,” he replied before she pressed further, “Do you think Dr. Fauci lied under oath?”

Carefully, Ratcliffe responded, “I think that some of Dr. Fauci’s testimony is inconsistent with some of the intelligence we have that remains classified, as well as inconsistent with information that is publicly available.”

In other words, Fauci “lied under oath. They have evidence of that. Now what?”

Gain-of-function research wasn’t the only controversy that Ratcliffe touched on as he also testified to the lab leak theory and offered, “My informed assessment, as a person with as much or more access than anyone to our government’s intelligence during the initial year of the virus outbreak and pandemic onset, has been and continues to be that a lab leak is the only explanation credibly supported by our intelligence, by science, and by common sense.”

That testimony joined a new 301-page Senate report that concluded, not only that COVID had leaked from a Wuhan lab, but that there may actually have been two leaks from separate facilities.

Also raised was the subcommittee’s report on Fauci’s influence in discrediting the original lab leak theory through an academic paper that he had commissioned, edited and approved before later referencing as a credible source of research to promote the “natural origin” narrative.

Oversight Committee chair Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) had asked, “Director Ratcliffe, once you became director, did Dr. Fauci relay any of those concerns to you, that it may have come from a lab?”

“He did not,” Ratcliffe responded.

When asked why, he added, “There is publicly available information obtained through open sources and freedom of information where Dr. Fauci and other virologists and scientists talk about the fact that it would bring unwanted attention to funding sources and the research that was taking place using domestic funding sources from the United States and the relationship of certain Western scientists with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where unsafe coronavirus research was taking place in labs that did not have appropriate biosafety levels, as has been reported.”

Given the lasting damage that Fauci’s claims on these points alone meant for society, reactions to Ratcliffe’s testimony were understandably impassioned.


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