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?”
#Fauci lied under oath. They have evidence of that. Now what? Listen … pic.twitter.com/oarQdmw3Lo
— TallTanOne (@TallTanOne) April 19, 2023
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.
New Senate report claims COVID not only originated in Wuhan lab, it likely leaked from TWO facilitieshttps://t.co/9MG9p2JGDU
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 18, 2023
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.
This is absolutely sickening
This needs to be pursued, and fauci should be held accountable, not only to Americans but to the entire World
— Cyn S (@UtSheildMaiden) April 18, 2023
Popular Opinion : Fauci deserves the death penalty
— (BK) (@M1PowerSports) April 18, 2023
I’m a huge Dr. Fauci fan but I’ve always said nobody is above the law; if he actually lied to congress that needs to be investigated.
— Ed Silha (@ItsEdSilha) April 18, 2023
He should serve the rest of his life in prison. Starting tomorrow
— Jeanette (@Jeanette_rich77) April 19, 2023
This is the scandal of our time and it’s ignored by 1/2 the population because of political ideology
— Steve Gaudio (@SteveGaudio) April 19, 2023
prosecute Fauci , seems simple enough, he broke the law
— redbrick (@anjin_napa) April 19, 2023
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