House Republicans say it is “imperative” for Dr. Anthony Fauci to testify before congressional committees and provide information related to the origins of COVID-19.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who serves as the top Republican on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer penned a letter to top Democrats on the committees, Chairman James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., saying it is “imperative” that Fauci appear before the committees.
Scalise and Comer wrote that Fauci’s emails, which were released through a Freedom of Information Act filing this week, “debunk many Democrats’ claims from the past year,” including that he and other scientists were “‘muzzled’” by the Trump administration.
“More importantly, the emails contain new evidence regarding the origins of COVID-19, including the possibility it leaked from a U.S. taxpayer funded laboratory,” they wrote.
“It is now imperative that Dr. Fauci come before our Committees to provide information related to the origins of the novel coronavirus as well as the U.S. government’s role in funding research that may have contributed to the development of the novel coronavirus,” they continued. “The American people have a right to know what our government knew about the origins of the pandemic and when it was known.”
Scalise and Comer also renewed their requests of Clyburn and Maloney to “convene hearings to examine the origins of COVID-19, the possibility that it leaked from a CCP-controlled laboratory, and any involvement of U.S. taxpayer funds.”
They also demanded “unreacted versions of all of Dr. Fauci’s recently released emails.”