WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement regarding new information that suggests Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins may have squashed information surrounding the lab-leak hypothesis for politically driven purposes.
“Work done by Republicans on the House Oversight Committee has helped piece together an important timeline surrounding the origins of COVID-19. We now know that in January of 2020, a group of scientists e-mailed Dr. Fauci stating that they believed COVID-19 was not natural. Days later – after participating in a conference with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins – their opinions mysteriously changed. In the months that followed, articles like the one featured in Nature Medicine and the now infamous Lancet letter, both of which were authored or signed by ethically-conflicted scientists, labeled the lab-leak hypothesis as a crackpot conspiracy theory. This, in turn, led the intelligence community to parrot these corrupt assessments in April of 2020.
“The more information we get surrounding these crucial few months, the worse things look. This is the biggest intelligence failure since 9/11 and we need a full, transparent investigation into how the lab-leak hypothesis was completely swept under the rug. Given Democrats’ complete lack of interest in getting answers, the only way this can be accomplished is through Republicans taking back the House and subpoenaing critical players like Peter Daszak, Kristian Anderson, and Dr. Fauci.”