House Republicans on the Coronavirus Pandemic Select Subcommittee uncovered documents that suggest Anthony Fauci may have lied about his participation in a Feb. 2020 conference call about the origins of COVID-19.
The House committee released documents on Friday that they believe show Fauci was in charge of who was and who was not on the conference call. Fauci has denied multiple times that he decided who was on or not on the call.
The former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told the committee earlier this month that he was excluded from the conference call by Fauci.
Redfield believes he was excluded from the call because, at the time, he wanted to “aggressively pursue” an investigation into the lab leak theory.
“I had nothing to do with who would be on that call…I didn’t put anybody on the list of the call, not did I take anybody [off],” Fauci said earlier this month, the select committee noted.
Then, in emails released earlier this month, the committee outlined examples of Fauci appearing “to invite and then confirm participation” of Dr. Francis Collins, who was not originally invited. These emails show Fauci may have had a larger leadership role in the conference call than he has been saying in media interviews.
The committee requested Fauci “produce all documents and communications in your custody or control regarding your involvement in the planning of the February 1, 2020, conference call, specifically documents regarding the invitation and participation of Dr. Francis Collins, as soon as possible, but no later than March 31, 2023.”
Former @CDCgov Director Redfield testified that Dr. Fauci “excluded” him from a call discussing COVID origins after he insisted they investigate the lab leak theory.
Dr. Fauci claims “I had nothing to do with who would be on that call.”
We have the receipts: pic.twitter.com/ZAAbNTmuS2
— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) March 24, 2023