House Panel Requests Access To Fauci’s Private Email And Phone Records
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives at the U.S Capitol for the first of two days of interviews before of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic on January 8, 2024 in Washington, DC.
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A GOP-led House panel is seeking access to Dr. Anthoni Fauci‘s personal email accounts and cell phone records as part of an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, made the request in a letter to Fauci on Wednesday ahead of the former government health official’s planned testimony next week.

Emails show Dr. David Morens, Fauci’s former senior adviser, discussed a “‘secret’ back channel” and suggested that Fauci used a private account to get around Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

“He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble,” Morens said in one April 2021 email obtained by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Morens testified to the subcommittee last week that he “may have” sent information related to COVID-19 to Fauci’s personal email.

Wenstrup said his panel wants access to documents from Fauci’s personal email accounts, cell phones, or other electronic devices that would be responsive to his request by June 12.

The records being requested regard the Wuhan Institute of Virology, EcoHealth Alliance, Inc., the origins of COVID-19, or congressional oversight of these issues between January 1, 2020 and the present.

A press release from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic said the panel held Morens “publicly accountable” for a number of alleged infractions when he testified last week.


They included “undermining the operations of the U.S. government, likely lying to Congress on multiple occasions, deleting federal COVID-19 records, and using his personal email account to evade FOIA.”

The press release also said the panel is “concerned that Dr. Fauci had knowledge of his Senior Advisor’s nefarious behavior and potentially engaged in the misconduct himself.”

Fauci, a longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and former chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, is scheduled to appear before the subcommittee on Monday, June 3.

Topics that will likely come up include gain-of-function research and EcoHealth recently getting cut off from taxpayer funds amid scrutiny of its support of coronavirus research at the lab in Wuhan from where COVID-19 is suspected to have leaked.

Americans will have a chance to hear from Fauci about “his role in overseeing our nation’s pandemic response, shaping pandemic-era polices, and promoting singular, questionable narratives about the origins of COVID-19,” Wenstrup said.

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