Top Republicans on the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees are demanding that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explain prior comments that the lawmakers suggest may contradict sworn testimony that he gave to Congress.
The issue in question centers around whether U.S. taxpayer money was sent to fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), the Chinese lab that officials believe may have been where the coronavirus originated from.
In a letter obtained by The Daily Caller, Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan wrote to Fauci about remarks that he made in 2012 and 2014.
The letter states:
House Republicans remain concerned about the origins of COVID-19, including the increasing possibility it originated and subsequently leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China.
At a 2012 conference entitled “Gain-of-Function Research on HPA1 H5N1 Viruses,” you said, “[w]hat historically investigators have done is to actually create