In 2020, then-president Donald Trump’s interest in investigating the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a potential source for the virus became a sticking point for scientists who saw merit in the lab leak origin: 'At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn't want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins.'
'The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful,' Rutgers molecular biologist Richard Ebright says.
The letter to the DOJ comes after Sen. Paul locked horns with Dr. Fauci in a contentious congressional hearing last week, alleging that Fauci lied to Congress when he said the National Institutes of Health had never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
‘It’s a dance,’ Republican Senator Rand Paul told Dr. Anthony Fauci, ‘and you’re dancing around this because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic.’
The Fox News host cited emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating the president's chief medical adviser knew in early 2020 that research he backed may have led to the creation of COVID-19.