By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Allouez) is calling on Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired after recent revelations that the National Institutes of Health did indeed fund gain-of-function research on the coronavirus — a fact Fauci previously denied.
“If there was any doubt left in any sane person’s mind that Dr. Fauci needs to be fired and investigated for possible perjury, that doubt was removed…,” Gallagher said of the top disease specialist in the U.S. He noted the NIH’s letter last week to Congress, acknowledging the EcoHealth Alliance used NIH grants to conduct gain-of-function research, likely at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“So here we have evidence from Dr. Fauci’s own organization that he likely lied to Congress about gain-of-function research, which he categorically denied they were funding,” Gallagher said.
Fauci and NIH have adamantly denied the institute funded the controversial research at Wuhan.
A Forbes report last week found Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and current chief medical advisor to the president, continues to be the highest paid federal employee — at a salary of $434,000 last year. He’s making more than President Joe Biden. Fauci received a huge pay hike years ago effectively for preventing future pandemics, Forbes reported.
“Fauci’s permanent pay raise was to ‘appropriately compensate him for the level of responsibility… especially as it relates to his work on biodefense research activities,’” Forbes’ Adam Andrzejewski writes. “However, critics say that Fauci was funding research that was actually creating pandemic pathogens in labs that, if leaked or if fell into the wrong hands, might create the very human pandemic they were trying to prevent.”
“Dr. Fauci got rich off of funding gain-of-function research of the last few decades,” Gallagher said.
The congressman is not alone. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who famously sparred with Fauci as the scientist dismissed claims of taxpayer-funded coronavirus experiments with China, also is calling for Fauci to be shown the door.
“He should be fired … just for lack of judgment if nothing else,” Paul told Axios.
“He’s going to continue to disassemble and try to work around the truth and massage the truth,” he said.
Gallagher criticized the mainstream media for sweeping the story under the rug. He said there are too many critical questions left unasked and unanswered.
“Is this just incompetence? Is it Fauci’s conflict of interest? Is it that Biden doesn’t want to upset China because he wants a climate change agreement? Is it this woke idea that America doesn’t have the “moral authority” to lecture China?” he said.
“Why? We have to ask. And if our public health officials won’t get to the bottom of how this pandemic started, then why should we trust them? Why should we trust the science, if the scientists repeat the lies of the communists?”