Senator Tom Cotton called for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s arrest and prosecution for supporting gain-of-research in Communist China’s dubious Wuhan lab on Wednesday.
Cotton responded to Fauci’s denial before the Senate in May that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) financed gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab by tweeting, “Fauci knew.”
“He should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Cotton declared.
When questioned if the NIH had sponsored gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab in front of the Senate, Fauci responded that the NIH “has never funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and does not now.”
But a letter from the NIH, revealed by molecular biologist Richard H. Ebright, admits the NIH did fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab in China. Breitbart News reported the following:
The NIH’s October 20 letter to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) showed that the NIH grant, which was awarded to EcoHealth Alliance and then sub-awarded to the Wuhan lab, funded a research project during 2018 and 2019 that tested “if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
The letter added, “In this limited experiment, laboratory mice infected with the SHC014 WIV1 bat coronavirus became sicker than those infected with the WIV1 bat coronavirus.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “gain-of-function” research is research that improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease.
NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
NIH states that EcoHealth Alliance violated Terms and Conditions of NIH grant AI110964. pic.twitter.com/cFOtJlRoWl
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) October 20, 2021
In exposing the letter, Ebright tweeted that the NIH corrected its “untruthful assertions” about funding gain-of-function research and accused Fauci and Francis Collins of “willfully” lying to Congress.
“NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan,” Ebright said. “The NIH–specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak–lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.”