Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has long alleged that officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funded gain-of-function research at a Chinese lab.
Although many have dismissed Paul’s assertions as simply being a conspiracy theory, newly uncovered material appears to vindicate his claims.
Emails show FBI investigated funding for Wuhan lab
According to the Washington Examiner, a trove of documents were released last week in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch.
Among them are communications showing the FBI at one point investigated a grant provided by the NIH to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the facility where many suspect COVID-19 originated.
They included a heavily redacted email from May of 2020 between a senior investigations officer in the NIH Division of Program Integrity named Ashley Sanders and FBI Newark Field Office agent David Miller.
The email’s subject line read “Grant Questions – FBI Inquiry – 1-R01AI110964-01 – 2-R01AI110964-06,” with the Examiner explaining that “R01AI110964” is an identifier for a grant provided by NIH and NIAID to EcoHealth Alliance titled “Understanding Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” From this, a sub-award was provided to the Wuhan lab.
Judicial Watch received 1651 pages of records from the NIH revealing an FBI “inquiry” into the NIH’s controversial bat coronavirus grant tied to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. READ: https://t.co/Q29URNFy56 pic.twitter.com/l9W105RywM
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) July 20, 2022
“The records also show EcoHealth Alliance’s legal team suggesting that a records request for data on their bat coronavirus research in Wuhan be denied because of the January 6 disturbance,” it added.
Judicial Watch president calls for new FBI inquiry
Attorney Tom Fitton serves as president of Judicial Watch, and he was quoted as saying that the documents prove that a full inquiry is needed.
“The incredible disclosure of an FBI inquiry shows that Fauci and others involved in this scandal were being dishonest in dismissing the seriousness of questions about their cover-up of their funding of dangerous gain-of-function research in China,” Fitton said.
“Any FBI inquiry would be appropriate as these documents, extracted by Judicial Watch after years of stonewalling, also show that Fauci’s agency knew and should have known, going back to 2016, that it funded dangerous and prohibited gain-of-function research in China,” he added.