Fauci played a key role in study that ‘disproved’ lab leak theory, new emails show

Ahead of a House subcommittee’s first public hearing related to the investigation of the origins of COVID, new emails were released that further showed Dr. Anthony Fauci’s significant role in attempting to squash the lab leak theory.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is gearing up for its first hearing Wednesday, and on Sunday members provided a timeline that, in addition to clarifying how the natural origin claim for COVID began to circulate, bolstered Fauci’s own claim to be The Science™.

Looking back to early 2020, weeks before ’15 days to slow the spread’ and just after then-President Donald Trump had called for a travel ban from China, Fauci, then-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was on a conference call with his boss Dr. Francis Collins, now-former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and no less than 11 other scientists.

The subcommittee suggested that Feb. 1, 2020 call was the first time Fauci was warned about the likelihood of a Wuhan, China lab leak of a potentially “intentionally genetically manipulated” virus. According to their evidence, Fauci responded by commissioning a paper to disprove that theory that he would later edit and ultimately cite as proof that the lab leak was a fringe notion.

“New evidence released by the Select Subcommittee today suggests that Dr. Fauci ‘prompted’ the drafting of a publication that would ‘disprove’ the lab leak theory, the authors of this paper skewed available evidence to achieve that goal,” Sunday’s memo stated, “and Dr. Jeremy Farrar went uncredited despite significant involvement.”

Three days after the Feb. 1 call, Fauci was presented with the paper “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2” which he would go on to approve for publication in Nature Magazine. And on April 17, 2020, as Americans were roughly halfway through the rebranded ’30 days to slow the spread,’ the NIAID director would use that same article that he was responsible for to assure the White House press pool of COVID’s natural origin.

“There was a study recently where a group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences… in bats as they evolve and the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human,” he said. “So, the paper will be available. I don’t have the authors right now, but we can make it available to you.”

In support of their argument, the subcommittee included emails for the paper’s co-author Dr. Kristian Andersen where he admitted that Fauci, Collins, and Britain’s Wellcome Trust director Farrar, now chief scientist for the World Health Organization, had prompted the writing of the paper.

Furthermore, the objective was not to weigh “all of the evidence available to him” to determine the origin, but according to a Feb. 8, 2020 statement, “Our main work over the last couple weeks has been focused on trying to disprove any type of lab theory…”

The subcommittee’s evidence goes on to further implicate Farrar as leading the draft of the article and making “direct edits to the substance of the publication” that included the change of the word “unlikely” to “improbable” regarding the possibility of the lab leak.

This evidence comes little more than a week after the Department of Energy reportedly joined the FBI as the second agency within President Joe Biden’s administration to support the lab leak theory as the likely origin of COVID.

As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) suggested on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, “The fundamental question is, why was Dr. Fauci so consumed with making sure the narrative wasn’t about the lab?”

“I think it’s because they were doing gain of function research there,” the congressman suggested. “He didn’t want that out, and that was the narrative that everyone to the left bought into — even though the facts and common sense, maybe most importantly, pointed to the lab leak theory.”

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