Senator Josh Hawley (R-OH) addressed an alleged attempt by the former head of the NIAID Dr. Anthony Fauci to minimize the so-called lab leak theory, which contends that COVID-19 originated from the Chinese Institute of Virology, during an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” on Tuesday.
Hawley observed Fauci’s efforts to “discredit and discourage” the theory of the lab leak.
“What about this letter that was drafted at Dr. Fauci’s request, and now additional evidence indicates that Dr. Fauci did not only prompt the creation of this article that would refute the lab leak theory, but is it true he might have revised and rewritten portions of it and then quoted it as an independent source when in reality he was actively engaged in it?” asked Sean Hannity, the host. “Is that accurate?”
“Sean, I’ve seen the news report, you know,” Hawley said in response. “The news article obviously says he was actively participating, but I’m not sure if that’s true. He did refer to it from the dais. What is known is that Fauci labored tirelessly to refute the notion that COVID was a lab leak that originated in a lab, which I believe to be true.”
He continued, “When our own government was gathering intelligence that indicated it did, in fact, come from a lab, he deliberately attempted to dissuade that, to discredit that. We must allow the American people to see it for this reason. Quit taking our word for it, stop believing the bureaucracy, stop believing Fauci, and let the Americans decide for themselves.”