According to Breitbart, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) continues to push for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) who has become a household name for his opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic, to submit his resignation.
Blackburn has been one of Fauci’s staunchest critics. She continued her line of sharp criticism this week in an exclusive Breitbart interview.
Follow the money
A major point of contention has been Fauci’s potential role in providing U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, where many now believe is possibly ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s known that taxpayer-funded grants were sent to WIV for research, what remains unknown is how much Fauci knew about what exactly was taking place at the lab at the time.
During the interview, Blackburn pointed out that funding for the WIV came “right from the NIAID, which is [Fauci’s] agency.” She also pointed out that Fauci’s recently released emails reveal that he had concerns both about the funding that was being provided to the WIV and about the research that was being conducted there. She added that Fauci didn’t immediately cut off the source of funds when asked to do so by former President Donald Trump.
“Now, who all did he tell he had concerns over an engineered virus and gain of function research?” Blackburn asked. “He didn’t tell Congress. He didn’t tell the American people.”
“The very same talking points” as CCP
Blackburn, during the interview, indicated that she’d like to understand why Fauci downplayed the “lab leak theory” from the beginning of the pandemic.
The Tennessee Republican said that she wants to know why Fauci had “the very same talking points that the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] had when they were talking about the Wuhan lab.”
In addition, the senator said that she wants to ask Fauci about the possibility that the WIV lab leak was “intentional.” She highlighted as potential evidence the fact that the CCP blocked travel inside of China’s Hubei Province, where the WIV is located, but allowed people to leave the Hubei Province and to travel worldwide, thereby potentially spreading COVID-19.
She also called attention to what she says was a gene sequence that a Chinese scientist, who was working on coronavirus research, asked to be deleted from an American database, raising even more questions concerning what Fauci might have known.
Time to resign
Holding nothing back during the bombshell interview, Blackburn called for Fauci to “step aside.” She also called for him to “come to Congress” to answer the many questions Blackburn raised throughout the interview.
According to The Hill, Blackburn is one of several high-profile members of Congress who have repeatedly pressured Fauci, who now serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, to answer a growing list of questions with regard to the origin of a pandemic that wrecked economies around the world and left a trail of death in its wake.
Only time will tell if Fauci buckles under the increased pressure and moves on, but at the very least, he should provide truthful answers to a deserving American public.