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Anthony Fauci was escorted to CIA headquarters "without a record of entry" to "influence" the agency's COVID-19 origins investigation, according to allegations brought to light Tuesday by Congress' Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
In addition to letting China off the hook for the deaths of millions of Americans, the zoonotic origins theory preferred by Fauci and entertained by those he influenced would indicate that the funding provided to the Wuhan coronavirus lab by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under Fauci's watch was not ultimately an investment in global devastation.
The accusation raised Tuesday by the subcommittee's chairman, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), comes just weeks after a CIA whistleblower accused the agency of bribing six analysts on its COVID Discovery Team to reject the theory that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
What's the background?
Federal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit revealed earlier this year that the NIAID, under former director Fauci, funded dangerous experiments on coronaviruses at the WIV in China's Hubei province.
Millions among the dollars funneled from Fauci's agency to the WIV were mediated by Peter Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance, whose subcontractor Ben Hu — the lead on gain-of-function research on SARS-like coronaviruses — was among the patients zero at the lab and ostensibly among the very first infected in the world.
Despite the nature of the gain-of-function research on coronaviruses conducted at the WIV, past concerns about lab security, the geography of the virus' early spread, and multiple other clues, Fauci stressed that the virus killing off vulnerable populations at home was likely not man-made but the result of a trans-species jump.
The former NIAID director apparently went to great lengths to convince others of this narrative.
Congressional investigators indicated in March that Fauci commissioned, edited, and gave final approval to the impactful March 2020 study published in the journal Nature, "The Proximal Origins of SARS-CoV-2" — an oft-cited study whose authors expressed concerns in private about the "sh** show that would happen if anyone serious accused the Chinese of even accidental release," making clear that their cause was "political."
Fauci repeatedly referenced this paper on the national stage, including once from the White House podium, to bolster the zoonotic origins theory.
With the weight of this study in an esteemed journal behind him and his hand in its fabrication hidden, Fauci told CBS' "Face the Nation" in March 2020 that COVID-19 was an animal virus that jumped to a human.
Fauci later told National Geographic in May 2020 that notwithstanding the concerns privately expressed by other virologists, there was "no scientific evidence" to suggest the virus had come from the Wuhan lab.
It appears Fauci may have secretly advanced his preferred narrative in Langley, Virginia, as well.
Questionable intelligence at the CIA
Wenstrup stated Tuesday, "According to information gathered by the Select Subcommittee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, then-director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, played a role in the Central Intelligence Agency’s review of the origins of COVID-19."
"The information provided suggests that Dr. Fauci was escorted into Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters — without a record of entry — and participated in the analysis to 'influence' the Agency’s review," continued the chairman.
In an effort to "ensure the scientific investigative process regarding the origins of COVID-19 was fair, impartial, and free of alternative influence," Wenstrup is now demanding all documents and communications pertaining to Fauci's access to CIA facilities and CIA employees, including correspondences between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIAID, and the U.S. Marshals Service, which had been assigned to protect Fauci.
Additionally, the congressional investigators want HHS Special Agent Brett Rowland made available for a "voluntary transcribed interview at a date to be determined."
In a Sept. 26 letter to HHS Inspector General Christi Grimm, Wenstrup stated, "The American people deserve the truth — to know the origins of the virus and whether there was a concerted effort by public health authorities to suppress the lab leak theory for political or national security purposes."
It is presently unclear whether Fauci's supposed secret visit to Langley is directly connected to the CIA's alleged efforts to monetarily incentivize CIA analyst to change their position on the virus' origin.
A senior high-level CIA officer told congressional investigators earlier this month that following a review, six members of a seven-member COVID Discovery Team determined there was sufficient evidence to make a low-confidence assessment that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan lab. Only one member allegedly figured zoonosis to be responsible.
The six analysts were bribed to change their position, according to the whistleblower.
Wenstrup and Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) wrote a letter to CIA Director William Burns requesting documents and communications pertaining to the research team and its interactions with other branches of the government, along with pay and bonus histories of the team's members.
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic asked on X, "What difference does it make to @CIA whether the pandemic originated at a Chinese lab or in nature?"
Early in the pandemic, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that the virus "was not manmade or genetically modified."
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has since changed its tune, noting in a June 2023 report that the intelligence community found "biosafety concerns" at the WIV and determined "genetic engineering" of coronaviruses was in fact taking place at the Chinese military-linked facility.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.